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DEAR READER So it’s supposed to be the hottest month of the year – and the heavens have opened! Still, we are rather used to this kind of behaviour here in North Wales, and there is still plenty to do in order to keep the whole family occupied whatever the weather. One of the best ways to spend a wet summers

your pit stop. Good, local, fresh produce is the

day is to have a wander around an art gallery.

order of the day throughout the region – and

Exhibitions always demand that you take it

our Food & Drink section on page 59 is a great

slowly and saviour the experience which, lets

place to start your research.

face it, isn’t something that we often get to do in our daily lives. North Wales is home to some

And let’s not forget that you can always

amazing galleries, many of which have new

just snuggle down with your favourite

exhibitions taking place this August – turn to

magazine! Reading is one of the best activities

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available whether you are inside or out – and make sure you visit us online too at

Another way to get away from the elements is, for even

of course, to find a good restaurant, bar or café

more North Walian stories…

in which to spend a few hours! The culinary scene here in North Wales is going from strength to strength, so you certainly won’t

Kate Hamilton Founding Editor

be short on choice when it comes to choosing


In this issue...

There’s buckets (and spades!) of stuff to do in North Wales this August…

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07 What’s On

Kate Hamilton

Your guide to local events taking place this August


Grant Hamilton

14 The Big Picture


Caernarfon harbour – just as beautiful as the castle

17 Interview with… Former Smiths bassist Dale Hibbert

Carly Redgers




20 Water safety Make sure you are swimming safely

23 Art attack The latest art exhibitions taking place

27 Competitions We have three amazing prizes to be won this month

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29 A private retreat The perfect place for a spot of R&R…


31 Park life The best holiday parks in North Wales

35 Story time Segontium – a Roman fort with a story to tell

39 Food & Drink The regions wining, dining and culinary scene


59 Homes & Property Get inspired by homes that are on the market

75 Walking Take a hike up to Fairy Falls

78 Community News A roundup of regional happenings

81 Crossword Put your general knowledge to the test

83 In my opinion… Our expert columnists share their thoughts

98 Horoscopes

Steve Goodier Cai Ross Tim Watson Sally Ann Harding Frankie Hobro Caroline Roberts Julian Hughes Ali Hough Russell Grant John Crane Stephen Gregory Lowri Llewelyn


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Every Friday in August

What’s on this...

Medieval fun at Conwy Castle J Visit Conwy Castle for medieval fun and games,


archery, a wand workshop and more. Knights and Jesters will entertain, and children are invited to dress up in their favourite medieval attire Every Tuesday in August

Harlech Castle Knight School J Do you have what it takes to be a successful knight? Harlech Castle invites all children over five to train to become a loyal knight of Ardudwy. Price is £7.30 per adult, £4.40 for children under 17 – and free for members


Osprey Hub and Viewing

1st – 16th

Visit the Osprey hub and

Oil Painting Exhibition

view the Llyn Brenig Ospreys

Meet local artist, Tommy

with the scopes of the

Baker as he exhibits his oil

North Wales Wildlife Trust.

paintings at Rhyl Create in

Weather dependent. Days

the White Rose Shopping Centre

and start and end times may vary. Contact Bangor office for details 1st

Chirk Castle Outdoor Theatre Grab your blanket or a camping chair to watch the very funny classic ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ in front of a giant cinema screen under the stars. Food, snacks, bar and music will be available before the film starts. Gates open at 7pm, film starts shortly after sunset


Ladies Day Bangor on Dee invites all ladies to the Ladies Day at the Wrexham Racecourse. Children under 17 are



admitted free of charge with a paying adult. Fun starts at 11:30am

The Powerplay Adult Company invites you to Rhyl Pavilion to experience an incredible, colourful and fun-filled musical perfect for the whole family. With


flying, bubbles and a live orchestra, revisit the beloved


characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the

The Rhyl Events Arena will hold a three-day family fun

Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie, and JoJo. Charming

day, dance music and Indie Day featuring some of the

Seussical teaches us the power of being unique, and the

best artists and DJs around

importance of fighting for your beliefs

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Super Hero Week The Llanberis Lake Railway invites Kids to dress as their favourite Super Hero, cartoon or Disney character! Kids in costume will ride free of charge and



the best dressed on each day will win

You don’t have to be a motorcycle fanatic to enjoy a great day

a prize. Maximum of four

out at the Llangollen Motorcycle Festival, a family friendly

children with every full-

festival, with lots to see and enjoy. Accompanied youngsters

fare paying adult

aged 16 and under free, and adults £10 online or £12 on the gate 3rd-4th

Menai Food Festival

6th-8th, 24th-26th

Organised by the same company that organises the popular

Beaumaris Castle Medieval Festival

Beaumaris Food Festival; enjoy fresh food, drinks, crafts

Beaumaris Castle will host one of the biggest events of

stalls, live music and a mini funfair at the recreation field and

the year this August and will transform the castle back to

surrounding areas in Menai Bridge from 9:30-6pm

medieval times. Knights will parade and do battle to conquer the land, jesters and musicians will entertain with wonderful


The Magic Flute Broadcast

skills and beautiful music, and the townsfolk will demonstrate what life was like in medieval Wales. There will be lots of living history displays, crafts, games, armoury talks and a

Mozart’s most magical comedy

chance to dress like a knight, archery displays, wildlife talks

of The Magic Flute returns to

on the birds of prey, sword fighting, music, dragons and more

Glyndebourne for the first time in over a decade. This new


production by the renowned

Rock the Park Music Festival

directing/design duo Barbe & Douce promises to take a fresh

This family friendly music festival

and playful look at the opera’s troublesome gender politics.

features some of the best tributes

Broadcast starts at 5:30pm at the Ucheldre Centre

to rock and pop artists from around the world. Homage acts include Pink, Robbie Williams, The Beatles, Guns


National Eisteddfod of Wales

N Roses, Rolling Stones, Queen and many more

Wales’ biggest and oldest arts festival, tracing its roots back to the 12th Century, will head north this year to celebrate the country’s culture and language


Joe Longthorne Famed for an endless repertoire of the voices of the world’s top singers, Joe performs some of the greatest hits by legends Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and


more with his own talented live band. Tickets are £25.50

Set between the mountains & sea near


North Wales Half Marathon Conwy, this incredible race starts at

Eglwysbach Show

9am and finishes on the beach next to

There’s something for everyone at the Eglwysbach Show

the Mulberry marina at 2pm, crossing

this year. With a wide range of classes including horses,

into the Snowdonia National Park along

arts & crafts, agriculture and farm equipment, stop by

the way. This half marathon may not be

anytime between 9:30am and 4pm. The showground is

the easiest, but one of the most stunning

located six miles south of Colwyn Bay, signposted off A470

you will ever do!

near Bodnant Gardens

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Mad Hatters Tea Party

August 10th

Cardigan Bay Challenge

Chateau Rhianfa invite you to wonderful afternoon of fun, games and silliness with your favourite characters from Alice in Wonderland. Fun for the whole family, the tea party starts at 2pm and tickets range from £5 to £25 11th

Beginner’s Contemporary Calligraphy Come along for a fun day at Mostyn Gallery with calligraphy pens and ink. Learn a funky modern style of lettering and make a small piece of calligraphy to take away with you. All

Raising money and

materials are provided, but please do bring along any source

awareness of clean

material, drawings or inspirations that you may wish to work

oceans and safety at


sea, the Cardigan Bay Challenge will see a


team of three swimmers

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

swim across the bay

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country

accompanied by safety

house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there

kayaks and a rest boat

is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? Find out during the explosive performance at Venue Cymru. When booking,



ask about a 3-course meal and show package at Y-review

The Plas Pigot in Denbigh invite you to join for a fun filled day of live music, food and drink 10th-11th

Llangollen Faery Festival


Anglesey County Show One of Wales’ premier agricultural shows, the Anglesey County Show attracts competitors from

Now the largest faery event in the UK, enjoy a variety of free

across the country, luring thousands of spectators.

activities including wand and wing making, circus skills,

Doors open at 8am

storytelling and live music, with the celebrated Dr Zigs bubbles to dance along with, plus much more 14th

Rock ’n’ Roll Paradise 10th, 18th, 24th, 25th & 26th

Beaumaris Maker’s Market

The Rhyl Pavilion invites you to the ultimate rwock n’ roll evening celebrating legends like Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent,

Full of amazing local makers and producers, the Maker’s

Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Connie Francis,

Market will be on Castle Square directly opposite the

Brenda Lee – and the King himself, Elvis. Music starts at 7:30pm

Castle on select days from 10am to 4pm 15th

Denbigh & Flint Show 10th-11th

North Wales Truck Gathering You do not have to be a truck enthusiast to enjoy this fun,

Fun for the whole family, enjoy over two hundred trade stands, food hall, attractions and a main ring entertainment programme at the show office in Holywell

family day out. Enjoy a wide range of trade stalls, over 250 working vehicles on display, largest lights at night display, children’s area with inflatables and play bus, live music, food and drink. The event will raise money for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association as well as Create a Smile charities


Colin T Jones at the Blue Bell Colin will be playing live acoustic music at The Blue Bell in Conwy from 9pm. Enjoy a good mix of classic tunes to sing along to covers from bands like Oasis, Stereophonics and Pink Floyd whilst enjoying a cold beverage or two

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The Movable Feast Benllech


An event for all the family, including your 4-legged friends (on

Luther Vandross Celebration

a lead), enjoy great food, including veggie and vegan options,

The World’s premier show

local produce, breweries, distilleries, craft stalls and great live

in celebration of ‘The Velvet

music. Head to Benllech town centre from 12-9pm

Voice’ experience all the hits from his amazing career,


Wild West Weekend

culminating over 40 million album sales and eight

New for 2019, visit the Rhyl Miniature

Grammy awards including

Railway for a Wild Weekend in

many of the greatest dance

the West of Rhyl! Will the train be

anthems and love songs

ambushed? Kids will enjoy lots of

ever written, fronted

Cowboy themed activities all day

by international Luther Vandross tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10 piece band. Sing along to favourites like


Go Wild at West Shore

“Endless Love”, “Never Too Much”, “Stop to Love” and many more! Show starts at 7:30pm at Venue Cymru

Llandudno West Shore Beach invites you to a fun, familyfriendly event that can be enjoyed by all ages! Wildlife to see and lots of activities to do – beach clean, strandline search,


virtual reality experience, wildlife gardening, games, face-

Canapés at the Castle

painting, art/craft – and so much more!

Come along and enjoy the last of the three exclusive VIP Canapé in the Castle events tonight. Immerse yourself in all the heritage and culture that Conwy


Camel Racing and Family Fun Day

has to offer, and start your evening with a glass of sparkling wine from the local vineyard and selection

For the first time in Llangollen, join a fun filled afternoon in

of welsh themed canapés. Tickets can be purchased at

the Dee Valley watching and/or participating in a family Camel

Venue Cymr

Race. Entry is £5 for adults and £2 for children. All proceeds go to Clwyd 2020 Royal Welsh Feature County. Gates open at 12pm, last race will be at 4:30pm


Llandudno Lifeboat Open Day The Boathouse will be open to the public at 1pm with a launch, display and recovery of the Shannon Class Lifeboat, the William F Yates. Entertainment, stalls and refreshments available


Frankly Sinatra 21st

Lucky Peterson

Direct from Las Vegas, the iconic music of Frank Sinatra is brought to life once again HIS WAY. Featuring

Legendary American Bluesman Lucky

the swing, the swagger and the velvet vocals of Frank

Peterson celebrates his 50th anniversary

Sinatra in concert, enjoy a not-to-be-missed evening

or performing professionally at the

with world renowned vocalist David Alacey. Singing

Galeri Caernarfon from 8pm-11pm. Enjoy

classics like “Fly Me to the Moon”, “New York, New

contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel

York” and “My Way” – get your tickets to the show

and rock n’ roll

Venue Cymru now

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Music Mania Myddelton College will host the 10th fun festival filled with bilingual music, drama, sports, art, craft and dance. 29th

Roy Chubby Brown After 50 years in show business Roy Chubby Brown has proven himself time and time again! With 30 different DVD’s in 30 years, 2000 plus live shows world-wide, 4 books, countless


original songs and millions of fans are testimony to the fact that

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he is ‘Britain’s King of Comedy’. Show starts at 7:30pm

The Llandudno Promenade will host a free rock and pop music festival, featuring 40 acts from across the UK, USA and Europe


Rhyl Airshow The Eurofighter Typhoon display team will be making their debut appearance at the Rhyl Airshow, as well as the Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane and Tucano. Enjoy spectacular aerobatic and parachute displays from 12pm 31st-1st 25th

That’ll Be The Day

In The Night Garden In the Night Garden Live is the perfect musical theatre

Featuring smash hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s this is a

experience for the entire family. Children’s favourite CBeebies

throwback evening of brilliant entertainment that guarantees

stars - Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends -

to have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles at Venue

are all brought beautifully to life in a specially-written new

Cymru before the night is over! Show starts at 7:30pm

story using full-size costumes and magical puppets with enchanting music and dancing. Tickets start at £14 at Venue



Hosted by the North West Cancer Research, choose from


Stride of Hope either a 3k or 5k walk along the newly refurbished, scenic

American Classics at the Castle

Colwyn Bay Promenade. The walk starts at Eirias Park at 11am

Gwyrch Castle in Abergele will host a coastal

and welcomes all ages as well as your four-legged friends

car show displaying a variety of classic Corvettes and other classic American cars. American themed stands will be serving food and drink throughout the weekend. 31st-1st

Beaumaris Food Festival Celebrating the best of Welsh food and drink, sit back and enjoy the stunning views of the Menai Strait, whilst tasting International street food and listening to an eclectic 29th

Anything For Love Now in his 27th year of performing Meat Loaf’s

mix of music. There will be children’s entertainment, chef demonstrations, arts and craft to peruse through. An adult day ticket costs £5 and children under 14 are admitted free

incredible back catalogue, Steve Steinman brings his brand-new production to Venue Cymru featuring over 25 of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits including “Anything For Love”, “Bat Out Of Hell” and many more. Tickets start at £15

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The Big Picture This image was taken by Martin of Martin Vaughan Photography on his way back from photographing a wonderful wedding of local farmers whose land lies on the banks of the straits. He was returning home and, on the approach to Caernarfon, came around the corner to be presented with this incredible view. So, despite having just put the cameras away, he got back out of the car to capture it. “It’s of Caernarfon harbour and what stopped us in our tracks was the light,” says Martin. “We felt it could be anywhere in the world and if people saw it with fresh eyes – the people sitting drinking outside, the little boats in the harbour, the lights on the water – they would appreciate the sheer beauty of North Wales once again.”

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If music be the

food of love... Domů on Bangor High Street specialises in good coffee and fresh vegetarian food. But what really makes it stand out from the crowd is that lunch is cooked to order by former Smiths bassist Dale Hibbert. Lowri Llewelyn went to see if his cooking struck a chord…

Dale Hibbert may be best known as the original bassist of

of over half a century and a lifelong lover of coffee – Domů

legendary rock band The Smiths, but today he runs a coffee

seemed to be the perfect combination. However, there was

house serving gourmet vegetarian food on Bangor High Street.

some resistance prior to the shop’s opening. “People used to

Having lived all over the world, from Australia to Prague, fans

say: ‘Bangor doesn’t need another coffee place and it certainly

are of course intrigued: why would he move to little old Bangor?

doesn’t need a vegetarian place!’ But it’s a very narrow view on Facebook – they’re not our customers. Everybody’s got a place

“I’d heard of Bangor – probably because of the song, Fiddler’s

they like to call home, and we wouldn’t be their place.”

Wheel!” he says, having holidayed in North Wales as a child. Of course, there’s a name we both recognise who harbours It was initially the cost of the building which attracted Dale and

some very strong views on meat eating. What’s Dale’s opinion

wife Svet to the former Irish Bar on Bangor High Street, which

of former bandmate Morrissey’s somewhat militant brand of

had sat derelict since its closure. “Wherever you go in the world,

vegetarianism? “Morrissey, he makes a lot of statements – he’s

the closer a building is to a cathedral, the higher its value. I

just being Morrisey, really. I think freedom of speech is very

couldn’t understand why this particular property didn’t display

important; you can’t say to somebody, ‘We support freedom of

the value it should’ve done,” says Dale.

speech but we don’t like what you’re saying.’ He’s a political vegetarian, whilst I see it as more of a cuisine.”

The area’s stunning landscapes, of course, also factored into the decision. “My wife wanted to be by the sea - she likes to swim,

Rather than preaching, it seems that Domů’s ethos is to wow

she likes to go for walks, and it’s one of the few cities where,

diners with beautiful plant-based dishes and let the product

within five minutes, you can be in the countryside. It’s a bit of a

speak for itself. This morning there’s an array of cold treats on

cliché, but it ticked all the boxes.”

offer, whilst come lunchtime there will be salads, soups, pastries and more.

And so Domů was born, a nod to the Czech word ‘home’ to commemorate where the couple met. For Dale – a vegetarian

However, this isn’t Bangor’s only vegetarian venue. What makes

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it stand out from the pack? As far as Dale is concerned, the jewel in Domů’s crown is the coffee. “It’s a blend I’ve developed over 30-odd years,” he says. “It’s got a chocolatey, kind of macadamia nut taste. It’s a coffee that tastes of coffee, not burnt beans. If you’ve got a palette that can appreciate subtleties, you’ll

stereo, but visitors may experience anything from Nina Simone

definitely like it.”

to Joy Division, The Cure to Cat Stevens.

Dale has candidly spoken about his life with Asperger’s

Part of the enjoyment at Domů is the wait. “If you order

Syndrome, and I’m interested to know more about the

something from my kitchen, it’s going to take 20 minutes – it’s

connection between this diagnosis and his many passions. “I

not a fast food place. You’ve got the music, the conversation, the

think there’s a perfectionist element within some people that

atmosphere...” Dale himself designed and built the shop, filling it

have Aspergers. I’m self taught in almost everything I do. Having

with cosy seating which invites high street shoppers to take a

Aspergers helps because you can be very focused on what

load off.

you’re doing; it helps with creativity – I’ve always liked to create things.”

And though he may usually be found in the kitchen, with wife Svet in charge of the front of house, he still finds time

Though he insists Domů isn’t a café, the imaginative menu

to socialise. “We have a lot of Welsh customers. There’s a guy

suggests this is more than just a coffee shop serving vegetarian

called John, an ex soldier who comes in every day. He says he

food. “I don’t really understand veggies and vegans that are

comes here for a laugh and is a great guy to talk to.”

happy to go to places that just have options,” he says. ‘There’s no guarantee chopping boards and knives have been swapped, no

He continues: “People rush food too much. We live in a society

pans just for veg food.” Unlike the usual plant-based offerings,

where people expect it to be immediate, and we eat very fast,

Domů’s creative and ever-revolving menu has attracted positive

almost as if it’s a chore. Just take the time and enjoy it. There’s

reviews from vegetarians and carnivores alike. Today the menu

no point rushing towards the day you die! Take it a bit easier

includes banana dogs, whilst the Turkish yufka – a parcel of

and enjoy life before you get there.”

spinach and feta wrapped up in filo – remain ever-popular. Be sure to try Dale’s coffee and treats for yourself at Domů, “The animal rights issue is down to the individual, but I don’t

and grab a copy of ‘Boy, Interrupted’ to learn more about his

have a lot of time for people who don’t want to know where

fascinating life while you’re there. Just make sure that you take

their food comes from,” continues Dale. Right on the dot, Alan the

your time… n

baker – from Llandudno – drops off the day’s supply of bread, scones and Eccles cakes. “He’s a very good baker. I did try other

Domů, 206 High Street, Bangor

bakeries, but his was the product I preferred.”

As you’d expect, the music is also vitally important here. “I curate the music almost like a gallery; we don’t just switch on a radio on or slap in a CD. It provides a feel for what we do.” As we speak, Daydream Believer by The Monkees emanates from the

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Beware of cold water shock This month marks the 13th anniversary since Christopher Turnbull tragically drowned at Capel Curig. His mother, Debbie Anne Turnbull, tells Kate Hamilton why she has dedicated her life to ensuring that no other family has to suffer the same fate. On 14th August 2006, Christopher Turnbull went to Capel

pressure goes up. At its worst, cold water shock can cause

Curig with five friends, never to return. He was 15 years old.

heart attacks, even in those who are relatively young and healthy – such as Christopher.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” says his mum, Debbie. “I was working from home and there were helicopters overhead.

“Chris was an extremely competent swimmer,” continues

My husband John came in at 4.15pm and asked where Chris

Debbie. “He swam from the age of three, so I never would have

was, and when I replied that he had gone to Capel Curig his

expected him to drown. But once he jumped in, the cold water

response was that he’s dead.”

made him gasp and he obviously swallowed a lot of water.” The post mortem revealed that drowning was the official

Shortly afterwards the police arrived at the Turnbull family

cause of death, although when Christopher was found it was

home in Rhos-on-Sea. “They told us that Chris was missing –

revealed that his foot had become caught in a tree root which

but they didn’t say that he was missing underwater,” recalls

grew under the waterfall.

Debbie. “They had 70 people searching for over six hours. In the end, a search and rescue dog found him near to where he

Cold water shock is one of the biggest killers of young people

had fallen into the waterfall.”

today and so, in the 13 years since Christopher’s death, Debbie has made it her mission to ensure that no other family suffers

Chris had died from cold water shock, a physical response

the same fate.

that causes the blood vessels in the skin to close, which increases the resistance of blood flow. It also increases heart

River and Sea Sense (RASS) was founded in Chris’ memory

rate and, as a result, the heart has to work harder and blood

and, since that fateful day in 2006, Debbie has spoken to

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over 390,000 children about the dangers of swimming in

from Theresa May. “And I am also very proud to have won

open water.

The National Lottery Special Achievement Award in 2017 Presented By Bear Grylls at a star-studded event. The

“I first started presenting in schools to raise awareness

National Lottery funding has helped me reach out to many

two weeks after Christoper’s funeral. It gave me a sense of

young people giving them a simple message: enjoy playing in

purpose – a reason for being if you like.”

water but be aware of its dangers.”

And this reason for being is having the desired effect. Since

And funding is key to the future success of River And Sea

its inception in 2008, River And Sea Sense has worked with

Sense. “It costs just under £1 to educate a child on the dangers

emergency services across the UK and Ireland in order to

of open water,” continues Debbie. “So if a business, or even

raise awareness of cold water shock and dangers of open

an individual, wished to donate £500 or £1,000 then it would

water swimming. Debbie herself has been an ambassador

make such a huge difference to how many children in North

for the launch of RNLI’s Swim Safe programme here in North

Wales and beyond we could get the message out to.”

Wales. She has also raised money for the Ogwen Valley’s mountain rescue team and has helped to promote the Royal

The simple fact that Debbie has been able to take the worst

Life Saving Society’s “Don’t Drink and Drown” campaign.

thing that can happen to anyone and turn it into a positive experience that helps others is testament to her strength of

“I am also due to launch The Near Miss Network,” explains

character. Her work is certainly an inspiration – and there is

Debbie. “This is an app where people can document a

no doubt that her son would be incredibly proud of her.

dangerous situation that they got into and, more importantly, how they got out of it. These stories really help people learn

“I will never get over losing Christopher. Never. But I have now

from those mistakes that others have made.”

found a way to channel the negative energy, and I genuinely hope that my personal experience and skills will prevent this

Likewise is another recent

type of tragedy happening to anyone else.”

initiative of Debbie’s – a website whereby people can report incidents throughout the UK. And all of this hard work is

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art in North Wales

North Wales is a region with a colourful cultural background that is widely celebrated. It continues to move forward and act as a trailblazer, producing some of the finest galleries and museum curations in the UK. Immerse yourself in all North Wales has to offer and lose yourself in these incredible venues.

MOSTYN Behind a traditional Edwardian façade, in the beautiful seaside town of Llandudno, is MOSTYN, the largest contemporary art gallery in Wales. Traditional spaces merged with stunning modern architecture house six galleries which present regularly changing exhibitions by artists and makers from Wales and across the world. Over the summer the gallery’s internationally renowned Open exhibition shows finalists selected from submissions from all over the world, with the winner receiving a large cash prize. Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite to win the £1,000 Audience Award. Many people don’t know that the gallery is a registered charity. Generating over half of its income from trusts, donations and commercial activities, income generated supports the exhibition and public engagement programmes. Upstairs is an independent café, recently under new management and fast becoming a popular place for coffee lovers. The light and airy ‘Oriel Café’ serves locally roasted coffee, hot and cold drinks, cakes and light lunches. There’s a treasure trove of contemporary craft and print this summer at MOSTYN shop. A new retail showcase ‘Discover & Explore’ features ceramics, glass, jewellery, printmaking and textiles from makers inspired by science and travel. Throughout the year, the shop presents a wide range of contemporary craft, supporting hundreds of independent artists and makers, many of them small businesses based in Wales.

2019 Summer – Autumn Exhibitions • The 21st MOSTYN Open exhibition, selected from over 750 submissions from across the globe, and with a £10,000 main prize now - 27 October 2019 • The Welcome: a new exhibition by printmaker Ann Bridges, now - 29 September 2019 • Discover & Explore: A new retail showcase presenting contemporary makers inspired by science and travel, now - 29 September 2019

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The Ruthin Craft Centre One of the most important galleries for Contemporary Craft in Wales, The Ruthin Craft Centre houses three gallery spaces with changing programme of exhibitions throughout

Oriel Mon

the year. Objects in ceramics, silver, textiles, glass amongst

Located in Llangefni in Anglesey, Oriel Mon (Ynys Môn) is

others are presented by both Welsh artists as well as

a museum and arts centre. The history gallery provides an

prominent makers from the UK and overseas.

insight into the island’s culture, history and environment. The Art Gallery has a changing programme of exhibitions,

The retail gallery has a tempting display of contemporary

encompassing art, craft, drama, sculpture and social history.

craft for sale and to collect, while Café R offers delicious

Until November 2012 Wales’s most important Iron Age find,

home-cooked food sourced locally. Visitors can also enjoy

the Celtic objects from Llyn Cerrig Bach, have been loaned to

seeing artists at work in one of the on-site studios. The

the museum from the National Museum of Wales for display.

centre also runs a programme of educational courses, gallery

It also houses a series of permanent displays, including the

talks and workshops throughout the year.

world’s largest collection of the works of Llangefni born

Welsh artist, Sir Kyffin Williams and the works of wildlife artist Charles Tunnicliffe.

Temporary displays for 2019 include • U-Boat exhibition commemorating the war at sea, on now through 5th of January 2020 • Crossing beaches – the Sian and Ken Owen art collection, on now through the 19th of January 2010

Temporary displays at the Ruthin Craft Centre include • Basketry - Function & Ornamen exhibit, now through the 13th of October • Aelwyd – towards a contemporary Welsh interior, now through the 13th of October

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4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August • 15th, 22nd September The modern-day Welsh Highland Railway uses a fleet of large, modern carriages - hauled by imposing BeyerGarratt steam locomotives from South Africa - on its line linking the towns of Porthmadog and Caernarfon, but this was not how the railway began its life...

'Journey into the Past' trains will start at our brand new station in Caernarfon, where you are welcomed by your host for the day before boarding an authentic 1920s train - with loco No.2 'Prince' (built in 1863) and three carriages that all ran on the original line.

Small trains with few carriages steamed between tiny rural halts and stations, to serve the local communities and slate industry. However, as that simple railway has now been closed for over seventy years, it can be hard to imagine what life was like around 100 years ago.

Leaving Caernarfon at 11:00, the train heads for Rhyd Ddu stopping at several stations and historic sites, as your on-train host points out places of interest along the way. There's also a chance to capture memories of your train as it steams past you for photographs.

Our heritage trains will take you back to those days when women wore long skirts, men wore bowler hats, when a train ride was often a rare Sunday treat after chapel, with a family picnic to enjoy in the afternoon...

The fare for the 24-mile round-trip ( Adults £46 Children £32 ) includes picnic lunch, tea/coffee and a souvenir booklet. Arrive back in Caernarfon at 16:30. We look forward to giving you a glimpse into the fascinating past of the Welsh Highland Railway. For more information - and to book your tickets see, visit either Caernarfon or Porthmadog Booking Office or you can telephone 01766 516024


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COMPETITIONS North Wales Magazine has three amazing prizes to give away this August! Read on for entry details, and remember to follow our Facebook page (@northwalesmag) to ensure that you don’t miss out on any extra competitions taking place throughout the month. Good luck!

A two-course lunch at Castell Deudraeth + private tour of Portmeirion (worth £100) Portmeirion is offering one lucky reader a delightful two-course mid-week lunch for two people at their signature restaurant Castell Deudraeth. After lunch enjoy a complimentary private buggy tour of the amazing Portmeirion Village. T’sC’s apply.

Four tickets to TAG ACTIVE

Come and challenge yourself on the first TAG Active in North Wales! This fantastic indoor multi-level play area is a cross between Total Wipeout and Ninja Warrior, all in one exciting experience. With over 80 targets across four levels, this timed activity zones test your skill, your fitness and your bravery. The aim of TAG is to find the computer-controlled tags and collect the points on your wristband sensor within the 20-minute time slots. This challenges requires both mental and physical ability, skill and strategy. Who will your group of four challenge? T’sC’s apply.

To Enter Full terms and conditions for each competition can be found at but, in order to enter, all you need to do is email your name and address to us at by Wednesday 28th August, making sure that you put the name of the competition that you are entering in the subject line. Of course, you could always enter all three – good luck!


Two tickets to see Belinda Carlisle at William Aston Hall Wrexham’s William Aston Hall is giving away two tickets to see American singer Belinda Carlisle on 29th September. Belinda started her career as part of the group Go-Go’s, which became one of the most successful American bands of the early 1980s. After dissolution of the Go-Go’s in 1985, Belinda went on to have a successful solo career with hits such as Circle in the Sand, Leave a Light On and Heaven Is a Place on Earth – so this promises to be a show not to be missed!

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Notice We collect your information when you enter our competitions, and store this information on our systems. We will use this information to contact you if you are the competition winner, and to contact you occasionally with details of relevant offers and items which may be of interest to you. If you win the competition, your name and the town where you live may be printed in a future edition of North Wales Magazine. We will also share your information with the competition provider, and they may contact you with details of relevant offers. Please see www. for our full Privacy Notice.

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BASED IN THE HEART OF THE RUGGED NORTH WALES LANDSCAPE, THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR SOME UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURES AND EXCITING ACTIVITIES FOR ALL. Enjoy an Adrenaline Adventure on the BRAND NEW QUAD BIKE TREK - Are you brave enough for boulder alley or mud mayhem? Grizzly 4WD quads come fully equipped with a winch as standard, so you’ll be able to pull yourself out of any tough spots! Challenge your friends in our PAINTBALL PARK. Navigate the route of your choice for the SEGWAY X2 ADVENTURE. As an approved BEAR GRYLLS SURVIVAL ACADEMY site offering a range of different courses, no matter what you choose, you are guaranteed to have a brilliant experience at Dragon Raiders Activity Park. Set in 100 acres of private woodland estate, close to Criccieth, North Wales – the treks offer a thrilling and exhilarating activity, tailored for those aged 6 and over. The perfect choice for Stag & Hen parties / Corporate days out / Youth clubs / Birthdays / Special Occasions. Please note - the minimum age to participate on the quad bikes is 6 years and upwards. Segway and Paintball the minimum age to participate is 10 years and upwards.


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TIME TO RELAX If you fancy getting away from it all for a couple of days (or weeks!) then you’d be hard pressed to beat Nant Awel on the Llŷn Peninsula.

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING Stephen Gregory visits Segontium – a Roman fort with a story or two to tell…

The human footprint on planet Earth… you can see it at its

Take another look at the

most awesome from the window of an aeroplane, as you circle

distant Rivals. Imagine,

over a great city. Especially at night, if you look down on the

on the very highest point

sprawling lights of London or Bangkok or Cairo, it seems

of those mountains, the

as though Man has completely smothered his planet with

settlements of Iron Age man

skyscrapers and factories and houses and streets. He has left

called Tre Ceiri, the town of

his mark, and obliterated everything else.

the giants. Closer by, below you and part of modern day

But you don’t have to peer from the window of a plane

Caernarfon, there’s Twthill,

to appreciate the ways in which our ancestors have left

another Iron Age settlement,

their mark, and to read their story. If you stroll gently out

from which our ancestors could have communicated with

of Caernarfon and onto a modest hillside overlooking the

their beacon fires to their neighbours at Dinas Dinlle.

town, you can explore the remains of the Roman fort called Segontium… and use the vantage point to read thousands of

Of course, the historic site for which Caernarfon is best

years of human history.

known these days is King Edward 1st’s magnificent 13th Century castle and the medieval walls of the old town, a truly

Before you explore the Roman Fort itself, pause for a few

impressive sight from our hillside vantage point. And today,

moments and take a breath, and enjoy the natural beauty of

Caernarfon is a bustling and thriving modern town, with its

the panorama. The mountains of Snowdonia, from the peak

supermarkets and industrial estate and all the shops and

of Snowdon itself to Mynedd Mawr and the Nantlle ridge, all

schools and hospitals, its library and theatre – even its own

the way down to the Rivals and the Llŷn Peninsula. You can

little airport.

see the gleaming river Seiont below you, and the Menai Strait opening towards the Irish Sea. And the wide green expanses

So, there’s a whole history of human settlement and busy-ness

of Anglesey fading to the far horizon.

to take in and think about, the footprints that humans have made around this area for many hundreds of years. Never

The human story? It’s all around you and even under your feet,

mind ogling the planet from the porthole of a jet plane – stroll

the marks that Man has left over the past thousands of years.

from the streets of Caernarfon to a nearby hillside, gently

The guide book will tell you that people have been occupying

explore Segontium, and listen to the whispers of history.

the site since Neolithic times. Archaeologists have found the remains of their meals, the charred fragments of nuts and

The Roman fort was founded in the autumn of AD 77, and

berries and the bones of animals they’d cooked. That was over

named Segontium after the river Seiont, which runs below

2,500 years ago.

it to the Menai Strait. The emperor Vespasian had ordered

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Images courtesy of Nick Coburn Phillips

the governor of Britannia, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, to complete the Roman conquest of Wales by putting down a rebellion by the local tribe known as the Ordovices. Most importantly, the

which is surely a sign of how important a role he played in the

governor had succeeded in securing his authority over all

ongoing occupation.

of the island of Mona, or Anglesey, so valuable strategically and for its rich harvest of corn. Segontium would have been

Yes, you can spend a quietly pensive and relaxing hour

the very furthest outpost of the mighty Roman Empire, its

at Segontium. If your thoughts wander away from those

most north-westerly point, supported and supplied from the

Romans who lived there in the early days of the so-called

legionary bases of Chester and Caerleon.

Roman conquest, remind yourself that the occupation lasted nearly 400 years, so that the occupation had become less of a

It’s possible that up to 1,000 Roman soldiers were garrisoned

conquest than an ongoing status quo. And remember too, as no

at Segontium, when it was newly established in the 1st

doubt your Latin and history and English teachers told you so

Century AD. And then, in the years and centuries to come,

often in your schooldays, that the legacy of the Romans is still

probably the number of men stationed there would have

all around us today, in the 21st Century, in our laws and our

decreased, as Roman authority was stamped onto the

roads and, of course, in our language.

surrounding lands and the concept of Roman Britain was less of an idea than an everyday reality. In fact the extraordinarily

A final thought about that legacy… Here in North Wales the

long occupation of the site, right up to AD 394, was most likely

imperial connections of Segontium have passed into legend

because of the continuing importance of securing access to

and are forever enshrined in the stories of the Mabinogion.

the fertile and mineral-rich lands of Anglesey as well as the

The fort is indeed the ‘Caer aber Seiont’ – ‘the fort at the

role of the garrison in defending the Welsh coast from pirates

mouth of the river Seiont’ mentioned in The Dream of Macsen

from Ireland.

Wledig. And in the 13th Century the all-powerful English king, Edward 1st, demonstrated his knowledge of local folklore in

On a breezy summer’s day it’s exceedingly pleasant to stroll

the design of his greatest castle, with its Eagle Tower an echo

around Segontium and ponder all the people who spent part

of imperial Rome.

or even all of their lives there. With the help of the excellent guide book supplied free by the charming and knowledgeable

Day-dream at Segontium, on a beautiful August afternoon. Lie

custodian of the site, you can wander from the substantial

in the shade of the huge and ancient fir trees which surround

private quarters of the commanding officer – from where he

the site. Listen to the song of the wren, the wailing of the gulls.

would issue his orders and possibly hold courts martial – to

Maybe you’ll hear the tromping footsteps of the soldiers who

the barracks and bath-houses. You’ll see where the strong-

were garrisoned there nearly 2,000 years ago, listen to their

room was sunk deep into the ground, for the security of

muttered conversations. Today it’s a quiet, peaceful spot, but

money and documents. And, underneath the offices used by

truly a footprint which the Romans left for a long, long time. n

the clerk in charge of administering the fort, you can see the underfloor heating system which would have kept him cosy during the bleakest of Welsh winters. There’s the shrine as well, in which a statue of Jupiter stood next to a statue of the equally god-like emperor of Rome. Another official, solely in charge of the operation of extracting minerals from the mines in Snowdonia and on Anglesey, had his own private offices – and even his own bath-house,

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Stephen Gregory’s new book, an anthology of short stories entitled ON DARK WINGS, is now out in the USA from Valancourt Books. It features 14 of his stories, many of them previously published in the Illustrated London News and the London Evening Standard, as well as a Christmas ghost story he wrote especially for the North Wales magazine. Search for ON DARK WINGS at to order your copy, postage free!

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Entrepreneur launches RAWvolution An inspirational entrepreneur is leading a campaign encouraging one million families to ditch their unhealthy lifestyles and follow a raw and living foods diet. Mark Bryant, founder of The Energise Academy, is on a mission to get more people to join his RAWvolution. Mark found that switching to a raw food diet helped him in his battle with cancer. Diagnosed with the condition at 37 years of age, the dad-of-two’s world was turned upside down. “I fought the disease and started

From foraging to feasting

to get better, but in 2016 it started to come back, despite the

A 40-day fiesta of food-filled experiences will this

radiotherapy, the chemotherapy, the full body radiation and

autumn celebrate the fantastic range of produce

stem cell treatment,” said Mark, who lives in Rhos-on-Sea his

from the north east corner of Wales. Taste North

wife Fiona and their two children. “It was at that point I started

East Wales will run through September, October and

to look at myself and questioned whether my lifestyle and the

into November with 30 events showcasing ways for

conditions I was exposed to had played a part in me getting

visitors and local residents to savour the region’s rich

this illness. When I started to detoxify and rebuild my immune

culinary tradition. The programme is backed by rural

system I did so by eating food in its purest form, and now up

regeneration agency Cadwyn Clwyd along with the

to 50% of my diet is made up of living and sprouted foods,”

Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB and the Flintshire,

said Mark, who believes the transition to a raw and living

Denbighshire and Wrexham local authorities. Taste

foods diet played a crucial part in his recovery. “It is possible

North East Wales is being supported by Cadwyn Clwyd

to have a plant-based diet and enjoy it; I’m a real foodie and

for its first two years but is then intended to become an

it’s transformed my life. I’m not saying you can’t eat meat – my

annual and self-sustaining event. “What we are doing is

children eat meat – but it’s about finding a balance. My mission

showcasing this whole area through the medium of its

is to energise one million families across the UK, educate and

fabulous food,” commented Emma Cornes, Co-ordinator

show them how to sprout and grow living foods at home. In

of Taste North East Wales. “We have put together a

just a few hours you can grow 20-30% of your weekly food

programme of unique food-based experiences and we

requirements in a small space on a kitchen worktop, and that

want as many people as possible to explore, experience

can help massively with sustainability of the planet. Basically,

and eat the best of what North East Wales has to offer.

you take seeds, grow them and eat them. How simple is that?”

If you want to go rafting, work in a community garden,

attend a medieval banquet, visit an egg farm or go foraging you can do it and experience the unique

Cook ditches plastic packaging

flavours of the area through each opportunity.”

A Sicilian cook from North Wales is ditching plastic packaging to launch a new range of classic Italian meals contained in reusable pottery dishes. Marina Midolo, who set up her kitchen at her home in Cyffylliog, near Ruthin, will be unveiling her authentic lasagne made with homemade pasta at the Llangollen Food Festival in October. Marina initially concentrated on producing Italian sweets, cakes and savouries which are on sale at delicatessens, community shops and hotels across the region, and now she is looking to expand her product range but wants to ensure there is no plastic packaging involved. “Last year’s festival was fantastic and a real springboard that helped me get my food business better known,” said Marina, who launched her range with the help of a development grant from Denbighshire County Council. “My idea is to launch a new lasagne meal at this year’s festival. The meal will be prepared by me and will be sold uncooked. Customers can buy a pot which they then put in an oven for around 30 minutes and then eat the lasagne straight from the earthenware pot. The dish can then be returned to the point of purchase for the deposit to be refunded or the customer can keep the pot. But the main thing is there is simply no plastic packaging involved.”

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Cream OF THE CROP We scooped, spooned, and licked our way around North Wales to find some of the best ice cream makers in the region… Although first invented in the fourth or fifth century B.C., ice cream has existed in something close to its current form since the 1500s. But recently, as consumer tastes have shifted towards buying locally-sourced produce, local ice cream makers have moved with the times and the traditional ice cream parlour is enjoying a renaissance. Made with world-famous Welsh milk, ice cream is a mainstay of the local economy and there is a flavour to suit every palate. North Wales offers a heart-melting array of ice cream parlours, packed with traditional and sometimes unusual flavours with a distinctly local twist. So with further ado, we tip our spoons to these and all other ice cream makers who are striving to churn the best ice cream and gelato one scoop at a time.

Chilly Cow Established in 2014 by Anna Taylor, Chilly Cow produces ice cream using fresh milk from the family farm in Ruthin, Denbighshire. The farm has been in the family for over 40 years and is nestled in the foothills of the Clwydian Range, North Wales. Anna’s husband David and father in


law Jim, farm a herd of Brown Swiss

As a ‘Great Taste Award Winners 2011’, ‘True Taste Award

cows which “with their brown coats

Winner Silver & Bronze’, the team at Fortes know a thing

and fluffy ears, produce delicious milk that is higher in butter fat than

or two about creating delicious ice cream. Their philosophy is simple – find the purest and finest ingredients in the

most cows; perfect as we found out, for

world and use them to produce the best ice cream, sorbet

yummy ice cream!” Chilly Cow ice creams

and frozen yoghurt available. With a passion for the art of

follows the classic Italian recipe of combining

churning fresh ice cream, attention to detail and artisan

milk, cream and sugar (traditional ice cream

skills that have been passed from generation to generation,

contains egg). The ingredients are pasteurised

it’s no wonder that the family business has been around for

into a custard before being whipped and batch

85 years! Fortes offers around 35 flavours ranging from the

frozen. “We make our ice creams to order using

more traditional Vanilla, Coconut and Mint Choc Chip to more

local ingredients, so they are always fresh,”

exotic choices including Rhubarb and Custard, Turkish

explains Anna.

Delight and Lemon and Lime Cheesecake.

J The scoop – try their award-winning

J The scoop – for a healthier option, opt for a fresh fruit

Elderflower ice cream or milkshake

sorbet or frozen yoghurt

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Parisellas A leading manufacturer of quality, award-winning ice cream and sorbet available in over 50 outlets throughout North Wales, Parisellas has been a Llandudno favourite since 1943. The history of this special ice cream parlour is so interesting and began when 16-year old Domenico Parisella emigrated to Great Britain from the small village of Colle San Magno, 110 kilometres south east of Rome, in 1912. Domenico learned to make ice cream in Scotland and England before settling down with his wife and three children in Llandudno. Today, Parisellas has been delighting regulars and tourists with unique flavours like Lemon Curd, Jaegermeister, Amaretto & Black Cherry, Honeycomb, Blue Banana. The parlour has been awarded gold at the ‘True Taste of Wales

North Wales Ice Cream World

Awards’ for their peach ice cream and Silver

Located conveniently at North Wales Garden World in Kinmel Bay,

for the Maple & Walnut Ice Cream as well as

North Wales Ice Cream World offers 48 tasty flavours of ice cream

the Passion Fruit Sorbet. The Blackcurrant

including Crème Brule, Nutella, Jaffa Cake and Rasberry Panacotta.

Sorbet won the Bronze category.

Between shopping, add a little bit of joy to your day at this friendly

J The scoop – adults, cool off with a

parlour, which has received excellent TripAdvisor reviews. On

Champagne flavoured sorbet

cooler days – why not enjoy a hot cappuccino, homemade cake, selection of pasties and soup?!

J The scoop – chocoholics – make sure to try the Mississippi Mud Pie or the White Chocolate & Marshmallows

Aran Hufen As the ‘new kid on the block’, Aran Hufen’s homemade ice cream, led by Sammi & Sion, has been attracting ice cream aficionados from all over to the historic town of Bala. Using only Welsh cream, the team churns all ice cream in house using locally sourced ingredients to find the best flavours possible. The parlour, which opened in 2017, also offers artisan coffee, Vegan options, cakes, treats and even dog-friendly ice cream!

J The scoop – try the carrot cake ice cream!

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While Cuba might be the birthplace of the Mojito, there is no better place to enjoy this vibrant cocktail than North Wales in the summertime. OK, so you might need a little bit of inspiration to get that Latin vibe going on, but by your third Mojito we can guarantee that your heart will be in Havana – even if your body is actually in Colwyn Bay…

Mojito Equipment - 12oz Gibraltar Glass, Muddler, Bar Spoon Ingredients - 12 mint leaves, 4 lime wedges, 25ml gomme, 2 shots of White Rum Method - Add mint leaves, squeeze limes into glass and add spent limes. Add the gomme and ‘muddle’ the mixture. Add crushed ice. Pour White Rum over the ice. Using the flat end of the bar spoon stir the mixture. Add a dash of soda to taste Garnish - Sprig of mint


Of course, if you’d rather sit back and relax while somebody mixed your ideal cocktail for you, then why not visit Sheldon’s in Colwyn Bay? From a Margarita to a Mojito, it has quite the cocktail selection and is quickly becoming the place to go for cocktails in North Wales. 01492 339821

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We pay close attention to our food menu, we are no average wine bar. Our Seasonal Menu has been carefully designed and implemented by our creative and skillful team here at Snooze; we have a passion for serving fresh and tasteful food using locally sourced produce to support local businesses.


Themed after the ingenious works of controversial welsh poet Dylan Thomas, Snooze has strived to provide a touch of elegance and splendour to Victorian Llandudno’s scenic seaside views. From our extensive selection of aromatic reds, crisp whites and divine bubbly to our traditional cask ales, ever changing draft lager and vast selection of premium whisky and spirits; at Snooze we strive to provide the perfect drink to suit your taste.


WITH OUR SNOOZE ROOMS, WE HAVE GONE THE EXTRA MILE TO ENSURE YOUR SNOOZE EXPERIENCE IS NOTHING SHORT OF EXCEPTIONAL. Snooze Rooms are tasteful, modern and spacious; each with their own 50 inch Flat Screen Smart TV, Wardrobes, Vanity Unit, Iron and Ironing Boards, Hairdryers, Full length Mirrors, Coffee Table and comfortable chairs to overlook gorgeous seaside and scenic views of the Promenade and Great Orme. We have four luxurious Double/Twin bedrooms with a Continental and hearty Full Welsh Breakfast included in with your stay, as well as Complimentary Prosecco on arrival! Each room has an en-suite, Free WiFi, King Size Beds, Duck Down Duvets as well as Complimentary Loose Leaf Herbal Tea and Joe Black Coffee.

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The Jewel of Caernarfon There aren’t many tapas restaurants that can claim the accolade of having two AA Rosette’s... Carly Redger’s went to one of the few that can…

the world, Tŷ Castell offers breakfast and lunch, as well as fantastically presented afternoon teas and evening meals which are based on tapas and other inspirational ways of serving good food. Dishes change by season and ingredients which, whenever possible, are locally sourced. For example, its Paella is made with Anglesey Crab, the Goat Cheese Bon Bons are made with Cwt Caws cheese and the coffee is blended in Dyffryn Nantlle. We met up with head chef, Robert Worgan, to learn a little more about this foodie gem. Tell us a little bit about your background I went to school in Bishops Castel on the Powys border. A lot of my training was in Ludlow, which is known for being a gastronomic hotspot. I grew up in my father’s restaurant and knew from the age of eight, that I wanted to be a chef. When I was 15, I worked shifts at Gary Rhodes Restaurant, Rhodes 24, and Claud Bosi’s establishment, Hibiscus, which was a 2-star Michelin restaurant. As the only Two AA Rosette tapas restaurant in North Wales, and recipient of four gold stars in the category of ‘Restaurant

What makes Welsh cuisine so special?

with Rooms’, Tŷ Castell truly is a unique eatery and inn.

The quality of our local produce. North Walian cuisine is

A stone’s throw from Caernarfon Castle, and within easy reach

special simply because its ingredients are so incredible – and

to all the town’s shops and attractions, not to mention the

they can literally be found on your doorstep.

Llŷn Peninsula and Snowdonia; Tŷ Castell is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a luxurious, North Walian atmosphere.

Which local suppliers do you work with?

Specialising in the best produce from Gwynedd, Wales and

I work with Wavells Butchers in Caernarfon. With a strong

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Who would you like to cook for? It wouldn’t be just one person. I would love to get all my family around a table and cook a big roast and make memories together. On a day off, where do you like to go in North Wales? I love taking my son to skim stones on the beach and taking him for an ice cream. In the evenings, I find myself often at Ty Glyndwr, as they have an amazing selection of Welsh spirits and beers.

emphasis on farm to fork, Wavells rears its own sheep and pigs. We also work with Ffrwythau DJ Fruit, our cheese is

What advice would you give to a cooking enthusiast?

sourced from Cwt Caws in Anglesey, and Welsh goat meat is

I would always encourage those to learn from the best. Work

delivered to us from Welshpool.

your way up, ask questions and shadow some of the culinary greats in the industry. Don’t feel that you have to be the next

What was your proudest accomplishment?

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Firstly, becoming a dad and secondly, receiving two AA rosettes within nine months. I also competed on ‘Master Chef

Chef Robert looks forward to giving our readers a ‘Cofi’s’

The Professionals’, which was pretty cool!

welcome and a unique, special and memorable experience in Caernarfon and North Wales.

Do you have a signature dish? I love cooking with fish, so any of my seafood dishes would make a lovely signature dish. I think that living by the coast inspires you to cook with those ingredients that can be found on your doorstep…

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Tŷ Castell is located at 18 Stryd Fawr in Caernarfon and is open Monday through Saturday from 12pm - 9pm. For more information visit

Food for thought

It is a brutally sad day in the life of any

your head can give you at least three more

middle-aged person: that moment when

press-ups than you thought you were capable

you find a note on the fridge from your

of. The only downside is that the next day,

metabolism saying ‘Right, I’m off!’ That day

my body punishes me for my eagerness by

has now officially arrived. As a callow youth,

filling my veins with anti-freeze and making it

I had a remarkable capacity to eat practically

impossible for me to bend my knees.

anything without suffering any noticeable consequences. No indigestion, no weight gain,

This terribly impressive Herculean group

nothing. I used to eat chicken pies like they

effort took place on the beach in Colwyn Bay;

were paracetamol capsules, often scarcely

good work swiftly undone by a bacon bap

even bothering to chew.

and a coffee from Bryn Williams’s splendid restaurant at Porth Eirias. Along with

Nowadays, if I so much as walk past a loaf of

everyone else there, I was struck by just how

white bread, I have to munch a pair of Rennies

extraordinarily beautiful the beach is these

and pronto. Shortbread has become my own

days. Jogging away under the golden rays of

personal Kryptonite. It’s humiliating. Then

the summer sun, we really could have been on

there’s the terrible realisation, common with

Venice Beach in California.

many of us 44-year-olds, that the weight that used to burn itself off miraculously after a

Transforming the beach at Colwyn Bay been

Cai Ross is co-owner

walk to the shops now seems to want to stay

a long, expensive and laborious process, not

and Maitre d’ of

on my body forever.

without its controversy. The long-standing

the award-winning

legal issues with the old pier (no longer

Paysanne Bistro in

I often think of Marlon Brando and the

there) and the practice of importing sand

Deganwy, which has

journey his body took over his lifetime. How

from elsewhere did not go down well with

been serving French

could anyone transform from one of the most


country-style food to

beautiful men that ever existed into a sentient

the fine people of North

human hillock, large enough to land an aircraft

However, everyone I spoke to said that they

Wales since 1988. He

upon. Did he not think at, say 18 stone, “Hmm,

felt like they were on the Mediterranean

also writes for Calibre

should knock off the ice cream a little bit?” 21

coast, and with a fine vista stretching up the

Magazine, BBC Good

stone, maybe? 25?

promenade towards Rhos-on-Sea, it’s clear


that North Wales has another great beach to

and The North Wales

So as not to follow Brando’s example, I

list alongside names like Shell Island, Traeth

Weekly News

recently took the bull by the horns and joined

Llanddwyn and Porthdinllaen, which might

one of those Cross Fit groups that can often

just steal first place by having a first rate pub

be spotted on beaches, hillsides and large

on the beach!

gymnasiums most weekend mornings while reasonable people are still in bed.

If you’re in the mood for something summery to set before your guests, or just yourself, that

I’m actually enjoying it more than I thought

doesn’t interfere too much with any exercise

I would: the camaraderie, the sense of

regimes you’re currently putting yourself

achievement, and the realisation that playing

through, here are two delicious, fresh

the training montage music from Rocky IV in

summer treats. n

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Summer in Llandudno at

Samphire Brasserie & Bar A recent finalist of the esteemed Food Awards Wales 2019, The Cae Mor Hotel invite you to dine at the Samphire Seafood Brasserie & Bar, overlooking the scenic Llandudno Bay. Open every day from 12-2pm for lunch, 2-4pm for Afternoon Tea and 4:30-8:30pm for dinner. Giving you plenty of opportunity to join us here at Samphire Seafood Brasserie & Bar at the Cae Mor Hotel.

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We look forward to welcoming you!

Raise your glass This month’s column is dedicated to heat wave wines – if it ever comes‌ You can’t beat a beautifully chilled glass of rosĂŠ, to go with some well-deserved great British weather. Dust off the BBQ, pop those corks, and pour away. The longest day has passed and we’re all hoping for some the appearance of some sunshine. According to the forecasters, warmer weather is back for much of the country, so it’s time for another round-up of rosĂŠs, which are currently dominating the independent wine shop shelves and demonstrate the wide variety of grapes and styles that can create our “pinksâ€?. Let us make the most of them while we can this August – in just few weeks, autumn will be here, the days become cooler and wines quaffed will be of a different nature needed. Unless of course we get a September heatwave?! Whatever the outcome, here are five tantalising pink wines to get your taste buds tingling‌ Ensure you drop in as we always have a rosĂŠ open on the tasting counter đ&#x;˜Š

Château de l’AumÊrade, Provence RosÊ, Cru ClassÊ, France: Refreshing aromas of grapefruit lead

E.Guigal, ‘Cotes-du-Rhone’, Syrah/Grenache RosĂŠ, France: This wine perfectly illustrates the family’s ethos of supreme quality. Careful ageing, together with the meticulous attention paid every day to the selection and blending processes, bring fore the consistency and excellence

to succulent peach and apricot notes on the palate. Fruit

of the great appellations of the RhĂ´ne Valley. Fruity, round and

forward and full, a hint of spice, this elegant rosĂŠ has a


refreshing acidity and finish. Crying out for a fresh salad, dressed with vine tomatoes and olive oil dressing.

Cantina Zaccaagnini, ‘Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo’, Montepulciano RosĂŠ, Italy: Coral orange in colour, fruity

Pavina, ‘Old Farm Vineyard’, Pinot Noir RosĂŠ, Castilla y Leon, Spain: A seriously drinkable wine due

aromas and flavours of dried strawberries and cherry chutney

to the pure expression of the Pinot Noir variety. Delicately

with crunchy acidity. A scrumptious rosĂŠ that covers a lot of

fruited and a crispy bright acidity. A very small production

bases for food matching, but great alone.

dominate. A supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium bodied wine

here, so be quick. Spanish sunshine has been harnessed in the bottle, giving great fruit expression.

Let’s all hope we’re in for a scorcher this August. Be it shine or

San Marzano, ‘Tramari’, Primitivo di Manduria, Salento, Italy: A softly coloured rosĂŠ with intense aromas

rain here in North Wales, we’re always prepared whatever the weather. I’m sure we’ll all be getting the BBQ out at some point, which is when all these stunning pink wines will come out to play happily, albeit under an umbrella. n đ&#x;˜Š

of wild cherries and raspberries. Elegantly styled and slightly off-dry, with a crisp and refreshing finish. This is a serious luscious rosĂŠ, proper Zinfandel, without a clawing

Iechyd da

sweetness. One of our bestselling wines.

Tim, Mark, Dave and Blu

The Grape to Glass Wine Shop and Tasting Room

Tim Watson runs The Grape to Glass Wine Shop

8b Rhos Parade, Penrhyn Avenue, Rhos-on-Sea, LL29 7RE

and Tasting Room in Rhos-on-Sea which, as well as

Tel: 01492 545934

offering wine from far reaching lands, also stocks

locally produced beers, wines and spirits

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Property of the month

Oak House is an exceptional four-bedroom property located in Upper Colwyn Bay. Built in 2011 by Harvey Homes of Distinction, a firm recognised for their outstanding quality finish and attention to detail, this is a family home which is both energy efficient and has a light and stylish interior. As soon as you enter the property the entrance hallway with its galleried landing and full height windows sets the tone for this impressive home. Leading from the hallway there is access to a cloakroom, study and a stunning family/dining room which opens onto the garden. Two steps lead down to a stylish

Also from the galleried landing stairs lead to a further room

kitchen and good sized utility room.

currently being used as a gym and cinema room. Outside there is a driveway with access to a double garage and well

Stairs from the hallway lead to a split landing with double

maintained garden which wraps round the property with

doors leading to the lounge with its dual aspect and access to

various seating areas and woodland area. n

the garden. From the galleried landing there is access to four double bedrooms and bathroom. Two of the bedrooms have en suites and dressing room areas while the master suite also has a walk in wardrobe and five-piece en suite which includes a sunken Jacuzzi bath.

For more information Oak House is currently on the market with Fletcher & Poole for ÂŁ795,000. For further information please visit

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The Selling & Letting Agents

Sales / Lettings - 3 Lancaster Square, Conwy LL32 8HT • Tel 01492 583100 Sales - 1a Penrhyn Avenue, Rhos-on-Sea LL28 4PS • Tel: 01492 549178 email:




LLANDUDNO £495,000

• This lovely cottage has been extended over time to provide flexible 3 bedroom accommodation • Set in lovely, spacious attractive grounds with sea & countryside views • Lounge with multi fuel stove, breakfast kitchen, dining room, bathroom, utility room & 3 double bedrooms • Outside a block paved driveway provides ample off road parking & leads to the large detached garage


£465,000 • 2 well presented cottages give a wealth of options • Situated in an elevated position with views over the estuary, Carneddau mountains & to Conwy Castle • Yr Hen Gapel is a converted chapel & now provides lovely, modern 4 bedroom accommodation • Ty Capel Peniel is a lovely 2 bedroom cottage with with en-suites




£429,950 • This four/five bedroom detached house is situated at the top of this lovely village overlooking the Conwy Valley. • Superb views across the valley and of the surrounding countryside to the front and side aspect. • The Conwy Valley is thriving and with the amenities of Llanrwst just a short drive away • Llanddoged is well located to make the most of this superb area.

• A modern four bedroom detached home situated in an elevated position with superb views • Well presented accommodation • Upvc double glazing throughout and gas central heating. Lovely gardens, Double garage. • Spacious family home provides excellent accommodation in a lovely location , it's well worth viewing.


INDEPENDENT ESTATE AGENTS VALUATION - If you are thinking of moving at anytime in the near future please do not hesitate to ask for a FREE SALES VALUATION

The Selling & Letting Agents

Sales / Lettings - 3 Lancaster Square, Conwy LL32 8HT • Tel 01492 583100 Sales - 1a Penrhyn Avenue, Rhos-on-Sea LL28 4PS • Tel: 01492 549178 email:




RHOS ON SEA £549,950


• Five Bedroom Detached House • Well Proportioned Rooms, Retaining A Wealth of Original Features • Enjoys Views Towards Penrhynside

• Immaculately Presented Five Bedroom Detached House • Situated In A Much Sought After Area • Enjoying Uninterrupted Countryside Views




COLWYN BAY £369,950

£575,000 • Impressive Four Bedroom Detached Bungalow • Far Reaching Views Down The Nant Y Glyn Valley • Includes A Large Meadow/Paddock With A Stream • Opportunity To Purchase A Further Adjoining 4 Acres

• Superb Three Bedroom Detached Bungalow • Light & Spacious Accommodation • Ideal Location For Access To The Promenade


INDEPENDENT ESTATE AGENTS VALUATION - If you are thinking of moving at anytime in the near future please do not hesitate to ask for a FREE SALES VALUATION

Church Street, Llanfairtalhaiarn Ref: WR8769

£329,950 Graigfechan, Ruthin

Offers in Excess of £399,950

Ref: RN1586

• Detached historic period property

• Six double bedrooms

• Substantial four-bedroom detached house

• Stunning views to the rear

• Two bathrooms and en-suite

• Bar and games room

• Large gardens to the front and rear

• Sought after area

• Two large storerooms/workshops

• EPC rating E-51

• Ten minutes to Ruthin

• EPC rating F-25


Hendy Road, Mold Ref: WM210 • Grade II listed

• Georgian property

• Surrounded by open countryside

• Original features

• Short distance to Mold town centre

• Cottage style kitchen/diner


Roe Parc, St Asaph

• Four-bedroom individual detached property

• Sought after peaceful location

• Detached dormer bungalow

• Four bedrooms

• Open plan kitchen/diner

• No onward chain

• Living room

• Dining room

• Ample off-road parking

• EPC rating D-57

• Modern fitting kitchen

• EPC rating D-57

Oak Hill Lane, Prestatyn Ref: WP7957


Ref: WE6424

Argoed Llewelyn Avenue Glan Conwy Village County Of Conwy LL28 5LU

Cambrian House, 37 Ty Mawr Road, Deganwy, Conwy, LL31 9UD



CAMBRIAN HOUSE is a substantial four bedroom detached residence, situated on a prominent corner plot only approximately a quarter of a mile from the centre of the popular coastal village of Deganwy with it's plethora of restaurants & tea shops plus a beautiful sandy beach & the Deganwy Quays Marina. The property has undergone a total 'transformation' over the last 12 months, completely renovated to a high standard & specification including new kitchen & bathroom, new roof, re-rendering, fire prevention sprinkler system, re-wiring, new gas central heating, GSC Kingspan internal insulation, first floor Lounge with Juliet Balcony, a Cathedral style double height ceiling with Velux roof windows & a unique raised mezzanine floor deck with apex window giving spectacular views over the Conwy Harbour & Castle.

ARGOED is an impressive detached house set up above the village park, off a small private drive, the property has extensive far reaching views down the Conwy River Valley and towards the historic walled town of Conwy. With open plan Kitchen Diner and Orangery, Living Room, Utility & Cloakroom, upstairs two Double Bedrooms and a Single bedroom, all of which have extensive views, plus a Family Bathroom. Externally the property is accessed by a small private drive shared by Argoed and its neighbouring house, this leads to a block paved parking area with space for 2/3 cars. Side access to a large landscaped terra ce area with extensive views, a pergola, greenhouse and store shed, steps lead down to a sloping lawn and situated in the bottom corner is a substantial timber store or workshop.

Regents House, 125 Mostyn Street, Llandudno T: 01492 877418 E:

Rentals, Llandudno T: 01492 877419 E:

Pen y Bryn, 8 Cwlach Road Lower Great Orme Llandudno County Of Conwy LL30 2HT

Delfryd (an idyllic place), The Woodlands Close To Conwy Town Centre LL32 8LT



This substantial detached bungalow home is situated in a secluded, elevated position with panoramic views towards Conwy Mountain & Tal Y Fan. The versatile and spacious accommodation has 3 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms & a separate family bathroom; the Master having an En-Suite facility. Benefiting from a garage with large driveway. The accommodation is spacious, light and airy; the large Entrance Hall allows the layout to flow through to the Lounge, Fitted Kitchen/Diner, Garden room, Formal Dining Room. The Master Bedroom complex could be used as a separate 'Granny Flat', and there are three further bedrooms. There is a Garage & separate Utility Room. There is ease of access around the whole of the bungalow with a front driveway for parking for several cars & a rear SOUTH WEST facing decked garden area with patio.

JUST STUNNING VIEWS...VIEWS...VIEWS... ‘Pen y Bryn’ is a detightful semi detached victorian home full of character with the front terrace having the most stunning views from north shore beach all round to the west shore beach. The property comprises of two double bedrooms - master with ensuite, drawing room, fitted galley kitchen, period family bathroom, cloak room with 2 piece suite. The property has retained many original features including leaded arched window, quarry tiled mosaic tiled flooring and double doors with leaded stained glass panels. To the rear there is a small yard with steps leading to a terraced area.

Regents House, 125 Mostyn Street, Llandudno T: 01492 877418 E:

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4 St Seiriols Road,Llandudno Town Centre County Of Conwy LL30 2YY

57 Abbey Road Llandudno LL30 2EH



Located in a sought after area close to the West Shore of Llandudno within level access to the wealth of amenities the Victorian seaside resort has to offer, including shops, schools, restaurants, Theatre, Promenade and Pier. Enjoying views over the Great Orme, this property benefits from gas fired central heating and double glazing. In brief the accommodation affords entrance porch, entrance hall with split stairway to lower and upper levels, lounge with patio doors onto terrace, dining kitchen, two ground floor bedrooms and bathroom. To the upper level is another lounge or bedroom four with door to rear balcony, further double bedroom and shower room. To the outside there is driveway parking leading to the single car integral garage and low maintenance gardens to the front and rear with summer house, shed and greenhouse.


No.4 is a stunning & stylish large family Victorian 3 storey end-terrace town house. Extensively modernised, it provides a very spacious 5/6 bedroomed home with a real 'WOW' Open Plan Family/Living Space & Fitted Kitchen Layout. Located right in the heart of Llandudno with views from the rear aspect towards the Gt Orme, with easy level walking distance to local amenities, promenade, schools & transport links. With gas central heating & double glazing, a large Reception Hall, Lounge, Open Plan Family/Living Space & Fitted Kitchen, Walk in Pantry, Utility/Cloakroom, smart contemporary styled 4 piece Bathroom, Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room, 2 further Double Bedrooms, plus three rooms on the top floor which could provide a separate suite of a Lounge & two Bedrooms. To the front of the property is a forecourt, space for 4 cars plus a small garden area with mature lawn, the rear Courtyard faces West & is a real Sun trap with fitted planters & benches, central artificial lawn, & a rear service road.

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Maitland Cottage Iolyn Park, Conwy Valley, County Of Conwy LL32 8UX

Penthouse Apartment, No.19 Forest Hills, 53-55 Oak Drive, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7YP



VIEWS...VIEWS...VIEWS...FROM THIS DELIGHTFUL DETACHED THREE BEDROOMED BUNGALOW, JUST ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE HISTORIC WALLED TOWN OF CONWY, SPECTACULAR VIEWS OVER THE CONWY VALLEY COUNTRYSIDE, 'Maitland Cottage' is a lovely rural retreat situated just off the B5106 Conwy Town to Betws y Coed Village & has been in the same ownership for many years The accommodation is very spacious and is immaculately presented throughout, the open plan living/dining/fitted kitchen area is a particular feature, as it all faces the spectacular west aspect views of the rolling hillside of the Conwy Valley and in those colder months you can light the log burner and all be 'as snug-as a bug-in a rug'. The three large bedrooms are all doubles, the Master having an en-suite Wet Room, the is a Utility Room, Store Room, Landscaped Terraced Garden and a Parking Area for 2/3 cars. This property is a lovely home or will make a great rural retreat/holiday let.

No.19 is a STUNNING PENTHOUSE APARTMENT occupying the whole top eastern wing of this prestigious recently built apartment complex, situated within a wooded setting & close to Pwllycrochan Woods, now a Local Nature Reserve, with several interesting walks. The area is synonymous with the highly regarded Rydal Penrhos Public School & it's surrounding campus. The apartment has panoramic views which overlook the playing fields of the school & onwards to the coastline. Accessed by lift to an exclusive landing, the whole apartment is beautifully appointed & everything about it is 'spacious' with feature high ceilings. The impressive Lounge has a Juliette Balcony which accentuates the views & a Cathedral style roof line adds to the character of the room, the Kitchen/Diner has a real ''WoW'' factor with white high gloss kitchen units finished with black granite work surfaces & again has the feature of a Cathedral style roof line. 3 double bedrooms, the master is capacious & has a very smart En-Suite Shower Room. There is a contemporary styled family Bathroom & in addition, there is a store cupboard on the top landing and second one within the basement area, plus two car parking spaces.

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INSIDE OUT North Wales Magazine brings you the latest products from the world of interiors

The heat is on The Tulipa is a designer steel radiator from Vasco that is suitable for all rooms. Its definitive style and classic open structure works in both modern and period living spaces, guaranteeing flawless heating comfort throughout the home. The versatile Tulipa radiator collection is available in horizontal and vertical models, and in two model types; either flat oval tubes at the front only (single) or double row of vertical tubes, front and back. The ‘retro chic steel radiator’ merges with modern technology to provide optimum heat output and an impressive technical spec; including an official hygiene certificate for the central

Feed the birds

connection of the pipes to the collector. The stylish Tulipa

Made from weatherproof cast iron and finished in a

radiator is available in white as standard, but can also

rustic antique brown shade, this garden birds hanging

be purchased in a spectrum of over 50 optional colours,

heart bird feeder is the perfect garden accessory for

enabling the consumer to select a radiator that will blend

all seasons. Featuring a deep bowl this hanging bird

harmoniously, or create a statement feature in any room.

feeder can be filled with nuts, bird seed, or water

to help attract wild birds to your garden. This cast iron hanging bird feeder comes with two little birds

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perched along the edge of the bird feeder and with a large looped chain this garden bird feeder can be easily suspended from hooks, brackets or branches

Celebrating innovation and original design, VADO is proud to

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announce the launch of Individual by VADO; a distinctive collection

of taps, showers and accessories, available in six contemporary finishes, tailored to create a look that will stand the test of time. Complementing contemporary trends for coloured and textured finishes, VADO’s revitalised Individual collection harnesses the industry’s most sought-after looks, while incorporating pioneering brassware technology, to redefine bathroom design. Brushed black, brushed gold, brushed nickel and bright gold finishes are available for retail markets, whilst brushed bronze and bright nickel are available exclusively for specifications and contract markets. Angela Neve, VADO’s product and marketing director, commented: “we are delighted to launch this new range of high quality, modern finishes under the extended 15 year guarantee. This extensive range offers a multitude of bathroom options to create a broad range of distinct looks. With stock available for immediate dispatch, there’s no need for the long lead times you find with many tap finishes.”

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Under cover

On the range

Porches provide an elegant covered entrance for any

Rangemaster continues to expand its offering of range

exterior door, ideal for wet weather protection, while

cookers with the launch of the ESPRIT – a 110cm- wide entry-

the wirework lattice side panels offer sturdy support

level range cooker available as Dual Fuel or Induction. The

for climbing plants, especially when combined with

appliance features two generously-sized fan ovens fitted with

matching planters. This 24” deep solid roofed porch

self-clean catalytic liners, a practical Glide-Out GrillTM and

from Garden Requisites has incurved, wirework sides

a dedicated slow cook oven, which includes an easy-clean

which have secondary inner frames at the front edges

enamelled finish and, operating at temperatures between 80°

for added aesthetic and structural integrity. An ideal

and 140°, can be used for either warming or cooking. The

design to frame a town or country house doorway,

ESPRIT Dual Fuel features a hotplate with four small and two

a front porch is a statement piece that will add real

large burners, including a wok burner, all complemented

value to your property, and Scoop porch designs are

by removeable stylish semi-gloss cast iron pan supports.

available in any size for all types of external doors,

Meanwhile, the ESPRIT Induction features five cooking

including large porches for patio doors. For a more

zones and boasts features that include ‘boil dry detection’,

authentic feature on a period property, choose from

preventing damage to pans, and ‘power boost’, for quicker

Garden Requisites’ range of traditional designs such

heating. The ESPRIT is available in four popular Rangemaster

as a Georgian porch or an Ironwork porch.

colour options: Black, Cranberry, Cream or Stainless Steel.

Turning the tables This beautifully designed console table by The Painted Furniture Company deserves pride of place in your home. Built entirely by hand, and finished to your choice of colour and wood stain, the table features seven drawers and turned legs. It is made out of solid hardwood, and is both hand built and finished in the UK. The console table is shown here in chalk with a white oil top and wooden round knobs. Measuring 1,200mm wide, the table is available for £999.

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW J Distance: 4.7 miles/7.56 kilometres J Time: Allow 3 hours J Start: Free car park on the A470 near Llanrwst Police station and Library close to the north end of the town

J Grid Ref: SH 796618 J Nearest postcode: LL26 0BT J Ordnance Survey Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 17 – Snowdon and Conwy Valley

J What to expect: The walk to

It’s quite surprising the amount of quality walking that is available

Trefriw and back to the suspension

around the market town of Llanrwst and the pretty village of Trefriw. This

bridge over the Afon Conwy is

delightful route links the two of them in a pleasant circuit that follows

straightforward and on good paths

a good section of the Afon Conwy through lovely countryside to reach

and tracks. The return to Llanrwst

Trefriw which holds a ‘Walkers Welcome’ status and hosts an annual

from the bridge is rougher going and

walking festival. The Afon Crafnant tumbles down the hillside above the

you should carry a walking pole in

village from its source at the picturesque and very popular beauty spot of

case any areas of it are overgrown

Llyn Crafnant. It is on a tree hung section of this river that you will find a

in the summer. There is a little bit of

series of falls that have long been known as Fairy Falls with an inn being

road walking and the crossing of Pont

named after them in the village itself. The footpath beside them climbs to

Fawr has no sidewalk so children

reach the main fall with the whole section of the Afon Crafnant here being

should be supervised carefully as a lot

called Fairy Glen. This was once the location for several waterwheels that

of cars use the bridge. The riverside

powered the mill and other industries in the valley below. At the main falls,

walk back to the car park from near

which are in an atmospheric hollow, you may see small toy figures on the

the bridge is fine in dry weather but

ground which have been left by visiting children for the fairies reputed to

can be slippery if it is wet. It should

live here. Our way back to Llanrwst follows a surfaced track (a lane really)

be avoided altogether if the river is

back to the Afon Conwy suspension bridge before heading out over fields

in flood. It is easy to return to the car

to pick up a bush lined track to the B5106 where you might be tempted to stop for a drink and snack at the lovely creeper covered Tu-Hwnt-i’r-

park through the town anyway.

J Suitable for: All the family will

bont tea rooms before crossing the much photographed Pont Fawr (known

probably enjoy this one but keep

locally as ‘the bridge of quarrels’). Once over a hidden riverside path

children well supervised on the road

takes you back to the car park. If you do this walk between 2nd and 10th August 2019 you can also visit the National Eisteddfod which is hosted by Llanrwst this year.

sections and near the river.

J Refreshments: Trefriw has the Fairy Falls Hotel and a café on the route and you might want to stop at the Tu-hwnt-i’r Bont Tea Rooms on the way back near Llanrwst. Llanrwst has several cafés and pubs plus plenty of shops.

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WALK DETAILS START Exit the car park to go left using sidewalks to walk past a bus stop and zebra crossing to cut half left (signposted for ‘Llanrwst


Station North’). Follow the road to just before the railway station. Here take a lane left and follow it to reach a suspension bridge. Cross this to go right over a stile. Follow an elevated path with



the Afon Conwy right. Pass through four kissing gates and start to curve left and cross a stile. Continue on the elated path passing through any further gates reached to finally exit


through a metal kissing gate to a track. Follow this to shortly take an enclosed footpath right. Follow this past toilets to reach the road at Trefriw facing the woollen mill.


Points of interest on this section

J The Afon Conwy has its source at Llyn Conwy high in Snowdonia National Park and flows for 27 miles/43 km to discharge into the sea at Colwyn Bay.

J Trefriw Woollen Mill – the mill is a major tourist attraction in the village and has been operating since 1825. 2) Cross the road going right to go left at a junction before the Fairy Falls Hotel. Climb the lane shortly taking a footpath left. Follow the path to curve right and continue past a bridge. Climb to cross a bridge and continue to the main Fairy Falls by a sign continue down the left side of it. Cross a stile to follow a path OpenStreetMap and contributors, undera an open down licencethe left side of the next field. Cross a stile continuing and bench. CutCopyright back right climbing through a gap to pass bridge right. Continue to curve left to a road.

down the left side of a further field. Cross a stile to continue down the left side of another field. Cross a stile by a gate to a





Points of interest on this section

track. Go left and follow it to a road. Go left past the Tu-hwnt-

J Fairy Glen has several falls in it which are collectively known

i’r Bont Tea Rooms to cross over Pont Fawr carefully – there

as ‘Fairy Falls’. There is no mistaking the main falls though

is no sidewalk. Once over go left for a short distance and take

and you may see small toy figures on the ground here left by

a footpath left through a wall gap (signposted for ‘Riverside

children for the fairies reputed to live in the glen.

Walk’) as the road bends right. Follow the riverside path to go over a bridge and then go up steps back to the car park.

3) Go right descending the road to go right at a road junction. Descend the road and pick up your outbound route to drop to a

Points of interest on this section

road junction by the Fairy Falls Hotel.

J Pont Fawr – a much photographed arched bridge known locally as ‘the bridge of quarrels’ due to the frustrated

4) Go right re-tracing your outbound steps to go left after the bridge and woollen mill taking a lane right of toilets. Follow the lane and cut left and right after a play area to follow a path and pick up a tree hung path. Follow this to the end to join a lane. Go ahead on the lane continuing to reach your outbound route before the suspension bridge 5) Go right over a stile. Take the path beyond with the river left. Cross a stile by a gate and go immediately left over a second stile. Follow an enclosed path to enter an open field and

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motorists who have to queue to cross it on busy days.

J Tu-hwnt-i’r Bont Tea Rooms – a spectacular riverside ivy hung tea rooms owned now by The National Trust. n A WORD OF CAUTION Walking in the outdoors can be a strenuous activity and it is up to you to ensure that you are fit and healthy enough to undertake the route described and to approach the venture with caution and care. You should wear appropriate footwear and suitable clothing, take along food and drink plus carry the relevant map and a compass and be able to use it. The details given here are believed to be correct at the time of going to press. However, neither North Wales Magazine nor the author can accept responsibility for inaccuracies encountered.




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New activity for Dragon Raiders

The future’s bright for Pharma Group Holdings

North Wales is currently being sold

A health and distribution company is increasing turnover

as the Adventure Capital of Europe –

and expanding rapidly after launching revolutionary new

and with all we have on offer in this

products. And Pharma Group Holdings – the business

stunning part of the world you can

behind PharmaVet, Celtic Wellbeing and PharmaPack – is

see why. Dragon Raiders, based near

expected to continue the trend of growing 25% year on year

Criccieth, has been welcoming adventure

after a successful start to 2019. Employing 25 people on

seekers for years. 2019 sees the firm

Conwy Morfa Enterprise Park, the firm produces, supplies

expand its offering to include Quad Bike

and delivers a wide range of health and medical items

Adventures. Set in 100 acres of land on a

and services for people and

private woodland estate, the new treks

pets all over the world. It is

offer a thrilling and exhilarating activity

aiming for £10 million turnover

which has been tailored for those six

in the coming years and is at

and over. Experience the adventure

the forefront of advances in

of mixing testing environments and

the sector, having collaborated

challenges – are you brave enough for

with Cardiff University on

boulder alley or mud mayhem? All of the

the innovative Pharmabees

Grizzly 4WD quads come fully equipped

project, creating a new brand

with a winch to pull yourself out of any

of natural cosmetics using

tough spots! Safety always comes first

honey and medicinal Welsh

at Dragon Raiders and so you receive a

plants. Commercial manager

full brief before taking part and all treks

Ywain Williams says the

are supervised by a qualified instructor.

future is looking bright for the Group and believes his own

Pay them a visit and enjoy a huge range

development has strengthened since joining the prestigious

of adventures including Paintballing,

ION Leadership course. Ywain completed the Level 5

Segway and The Bear Grylls Survival

programme earlier this year, and says it played a big part


in his life and work. “The company is in a fantastic position

and we have enjoyed significant growth, which is testament to the amazing team we have here,” said Ywain, who lives in Abergele with wife Becky, and children Mabli and Lili. “From a personal perspective I really feel I’ve developed as a manager, and a lot of that is down to the ION Leadership programme, which really galvanised me and helped to build my confidence. The business has also felt the influence of ION, but the real benefits will be felt in the years ahead as a result of the strategies I’m implementing and the further support I can give to the team.”

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Llŷn Guitar Festival enters 8th year The Llŷn Guitar Festival is now in it’s 8th year. The three-day event held at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw in Llanbedrog over the weekend of the 27/28/29th September. Primarily an Art Gallery, the Oriel has recently achieved Museum Status and is located in a beautiful elevated spot on the Llŷn Peninsula, overlooking the sea, and is just a five minute walk from one of the best beaches on the Llŷn. It is the ideal place to host a Guitar Festival, providing an intimate atmosphere which, over the years, has attracted some of the World’s best guitarists. There are Masterclasses during the day where you can meet and learn from some of the best players around and Concerts on the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. For

artists who are booked for the duration and enjoy a social

guests purchasing a Weekend ticket, everything is inclusive

evening plus all Masterclasses and Concerts. This year’s

including a Meet and Greet evening with meal and live

bill is headlined by John Jorgenson, one of America’s finest

music at the Glyn y Weddw Arms where you can meet the


Zoo unveils summer activities

Hilton Hotel breaks ground

The Welsh Mountain Zoo – National Zoo of Wales has

Following a ground-breaking ceremony at Adventure

revealed its summer itinerary, a jam packed six weeks

Parc Snowdonia last month, construction is now

with special one off

officially underway for the Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia

events, celebrations

– the first time the Hilton Garden Inn brand has been

and fun-themed

brought to Wales. A ceremonial spade was dug into

days to keep young

ground at the construction site by deputy minister for

visitors busy during

culture, sport and tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, along

the school holidays.

with Adventure Parc Snowdonia’s chairman Martin

All August, a host of

Ainscough and managing director Andy Ainscough.

animal awareness

They were accompanied by Graham Dodd, managing

days will be taking place focusing on the tiger, lizard and

director for Hilton in the UK & Ireland, along with

owl and are set to include craft and activities, as well as

Rob Smith and Mike Smith from HH Smith, the lead

keeper talks and trails. A full week of all things creepy

contractor for the build. The 106-bedroom, four-storey

crawly will take place from 5 -11th August as part of the

hotel is likely to welcome its first guests in 2020 and

‘BIAZA Big Bug Bonanza’, while a very special guest

promises unparalleled views across Adventure Parc

visit by Coconut the monkey will take place during the

Snowdonia’s world-first inland waves and the Conwy

bank holiday weekend. Budding zoologists can get a

Valley’s mountains-and-forests landscapes. The

true taste of Zoo life by taking part in the unique WILD

Hilton Garden Inn will be complemented by additional

Ranger experience pre-bookable via our website. This

hospitality facilities at the adventure parc, including

two-day course allows children aged 7 – 12 to explore the

an indoor / outdoor wellbeing spa, corporate conference

Zoo, get up close and personal with some of the amazing

facilities for up to 260 delegates, and a destination

animals, whilst investigating the natural world. Children

dining lagoon-side restaurant.

get the chance to work with the Zoo’s education, gardens

and keeping team to experience a range of hands-on activities and fun games.

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Inspiring Creativity since 1880 Boys & Girls • 2 ½ - 18 • www Stunning location on the North Wales coast in Colwyn Bay GCSE, A-level and Cambridge Technical Rydal Penrhos is a top 100 school (The Times League Table) Thriving co-curricular provision • RYA Accredited Sailing Centre Coastal and Forest School sessions for Prep children To book an individual tour, or for more information email Page 82 NWM 2019 or call 01492 530155

Learning by heart The arrival of the summer break doesn’t mean learning has to stop. With nearly two months off school, not keeping learning active can have a huge impact on your child’s education and academic success. how to plant and grow some fruit and vegetables? This Here’s some excellent ways that parents can explore to ensure

teaches them all about the planting process but also the

education continues throughout the summer holidays and stop

growth process, such as how much water is needed and the

the dreaded summer learning slide.

seeds need to be in direct sunlight. Being outside also means there’s nature everywhere from flowers and plants, to birds,

Playing games

insects and other animals. For younger children, set them up

From board games and educational video games to physical

on a nature hunt, encouraging them write down and count

games, there’s so much out there that will help teach your

each thing they spot. This is a perfect activity to help with

child skills or test their knowledge. Playing card games can

counting and spelling skills.

help increase number and counting skills, whereas chess can help children work to form strategies. Most board games will

Encouraging Writing

help improve concentration skills and usually require maths

Encouraging your child or teen to practice their writing

or general knowledge – Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit even

regularly throughout the summer will ensure they’re

have children editions suitable for all the family to enjoy! If

constantly improving rather than going backwards.

your child is using technology, make sure instead of logging

J Keep a summer holiday journal to record summer

into Facebook they’re playing some fun but educational video games. There’s a whole load to choose from such as Neuronation, Bitesize or you could even download a few educational apps.


J Write a short fictional story J Help write out weekly shopping lists J Write a list of activities they want to do over the summer break

Get in the kitchen The kitchen is a fantastic place where kids can learn a whole

Making reading an everyday activity!

host of different skills, so make sure you encourage them

Making reading an everyday activity is a fantastic way to

to help you out across the summer break. Even just giving

keeping learning active throughout the entire summer.

you a hand with breakfast or dinner is sure to develop their

Even better, there are so many easy ideas that you can use

basic cooking and baking skills. It will also provide them

to encourage kids to read. We guarantee most of them will

with the opportunity to follow and read recipes, measure out

be fun and exciting, helping your kids learn to love reading,

ingredients, understand units of measurement as well as

rather than thinking it’s an educational activity only! Visit

learning kitchen safety, such as holding knives and operating

your local library and encourage your children to explore and

the oven safely.

get inspired. Remember, they don’t have to stick to fiction – reading non-fiction and magazines is still great practice!

DIY experiments

Make sure they pack a book wherever they go – you’ll be

Getting experimental throughout the summer holidays is a

surprised at how many opportunities they’ll have to pick it

great way to make science interesting and fun for your kids!

up and read! Encourage kids to read anything they can out

There’s so many easy chemistry activities you can do with

loud to you. This can be a restaurant menu, a recipe, websites,

items in your kitchen cupboard that can be conducted in the

instructions or signs at a public place you’re visiting. n

garden. It can be messy but will definitely be beneficial for your children. Discover the great outdoors Encourage your kids to get off the sofa and enjoy the great

Sally Ann Harding is Senior School Head of Rydal Penrhos. She is about to embark on her 28th year at the school and her 40th in the teaching profession

outdoors! For older kids and teens, why not get them to learn

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Wrexham Glyndwr proves sustainability credentials Wrexham Glyndwr University has been placed among the top third of British universities for its performance in new green rankings recently released. The People and Planet University League is the only one of its kind and examines the environmental, ethical, and sustainable performance of each university in the UK. The People and Planet team measure everything from a university’s carbon reduction policies to its water reduction measures, with 154 universities in the UK ranked accordingly. The new rankings rate Wrexham Glyndwr University at 47, a rise of 36 places since the last figures were released in 2017. “We are delighted to have risen more than 30 places in the

we had made in the 2017 rankings – and means we are

new People and Planet University League,” commented

now among the top third of UK universities for our work on

Wrexham Glyndwr University director of operations, Lynda

environmental and sustainable issues.”

Powell. “That achievement comes on top of the major leap

EDUCATION NEWS New deputy head team for Rydal Penrhos upcoming academic year. The school

Coleg Cambria commended for improving lives

confirmed that Gabriella Murphy and

The Future Generations

Phil Sutton have been appointed to

Commissioner for Wales

the leadership positions following a

has paid tribute to

successful interview process, with

Coleg Cambria for its

the pair playing a leading role in

commitment to improving

the school’s success for a number of years. Mrs

the lives of staff and

Murphy is currently Head of Lower School and

students. Sophie Howe visited the college’s Deeside site

will lead on Pupils’ Progress and Wellbeing. She

and met with sixth form learners and chief executive David

is a long-standing member of the school community

Jones. Cambria has been lauded by politicians and the

after starting her education at Penrhos College, before

public, including Alyn and Deeside AM Jack Sargeant, for

securing a BA in Biblical Studies at the University of

its Future Generation Plan and progress made following the

Sheffield. Mr Sutton rounds off the newly appointed

Welsh Government’s Wellbeing of Future Generations Act

team and will be responsible for the quality of Teaching

(Wales) 2015. “This is not an easy journey, and that is why

and Learning. Following a degree (BSc) in Engineering

we view it more of an expedition,” said the Commissioner.

from the University of Leeds, he worked in industry

“We also realise that different organisations are at different

for six years before making a career change after

stages in their views and practices around sustainable

attaining a PGCE from the University of Huddersfield.

development and social responsibility in Wales. There are

Mr Sutton has taught design technology for more than

some real champions and there are also many who haven’t

15 years, most recently as Head of Department at Rydal

yet considered the part they could play. And the difference

Penrhos. “It is through the staff of the school that our

it could make to Wales.” Mr Sargeant added: “There are lots

pupils are kept safe, encouraged and enabled to thrive,”

of organisations across Wales doing some fantastic work,

commented executive principal John Waszek. “I am

including Coleg Cambria in my own constituency. They have

confident that Mrs Murphy and Mr Sutton are going

created their own future generations plan even though they

to be a significant asset to Rydal Penrhos in their new

don’t have to. I think they clearly recognise the importance of

roles and congratulate them on securing the posts.”

the Act and the opportunities it presents.”

Rydal Penrhos has announced its new deputy head team for the

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runs as perfectly as you had hoped for.

I thought this month I would talk about the lead up to your big day!

Don’t be afraid of a schedule either, putting it in place gives you and all your suppliers a guide to work to. If for some

With a month to go until her big day, I spoke to my sister

reason your start running behind on times the schedule can

to see where she was at with her plans… I knew she’d be

be pushed back to account for this.

organised as it’s definitely a gene we’ve picked up from our parents however, I also know from personal and professional

For example, your drinks reception is planned to start at 3pm

experience, the final weeks leading up to your wedding can

with sitting down for the wedding breakfast at 4:30pm but

be overwhelming and daunting.

there’s been traffic and you and your guests don’t arrive until 3:30pm. Your nominated ‘on the day coordinator’ just needs to

She obviously had everything booked and details such as the

link with the key suppliers i.e. the catering team, venue etc.

favours, table plan and room decorations were sorted but what

about pushing timings back 30 mins to allow for this, so you

about the finer details? Like… the set-up times of suppliers,

and your guests can enjoy the drinks reception and sit down

who’s having what flowers, time set aside during the day

for the meal at 5pm instead.

to capture the photographs you want and what will happen during the room turnaround between the wedding breakfast

By having everything written down on a schedule you should

and the evening reception.

feel a weight lifted from your mind. It also means you don’t have to worry about any details on the day. Just sit back, enjoy

The biggest tip for any bride to be is to put together a detailed

it and take every moment in, because it’s true what they say

schedule, this will help on the day itself! With a schedule in

about how quick the day goes by, trust me! n

place you can then ask someone close to you, who you trust, to take over ‘on the day coordination’ or you can work with a professional wedding planner who will take care of every

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Getting back

to Nature

Three places to visit in August Conwy Mountain A good walk from the walled town below (or an easy one from the small car park on the

There’s plenty of wildlife across the region in August, says Julian Hughes, if you know where to look.

Sychnant Pass), Mynydd y Dref looks fantastic in August, with the yellows of the dwarf gorse

Purple patch

interspersed among purple

This month our hillsides are clothed in purple, at least

heather. Shallow pools dotted

where they are not grazed too heavily by sheep. There

around the hill are home to

are three types of wild heather in North Wales: the

dragonflies, including upland

dark pink flowers of Bell Heather (named from their bell-shaped petals) and the pale pink

species such as Golden-ringed

Cross-leaved Heath have been in bloom through the summer, the latter favouring wet boggy

Dragonfly and Black Darter

uplands. In August, the tiny pink flowers of Ling Heather bloom on hills and coastal cliffs; the

that are usually found at

plant was used to stuff mattresses and sweep floors in centuries past.

higher altitudes. Credit: Charles J Sharp

Hoverfly heaven Not all black-and-yellow insects are wasps or bees. Many hoverflies wear the same colours, to avoid becoming another animal’s lunch, but with no

Point of Ayr, Talacre The mouth of the Dee estuary is one of the most important sites in North Wales for

sting, they are totally harmless. They are valuable

wading birds, especially in

pollinators and have a big appetite for aphids such

late summer. An RSPB viewing

as greenfly, so welcome them into your garden. There are over 280 hoverfly species

shelter overlooks the muddy

in Britain, the most abundant being the orange-coloured Marmalade Hoverfly. You

feeding areas, best visited

can identify it by the pencil-thin ‘moustache’ stripes along the edge of its abdomen

an hour or so either side

sections, known as tergites.

of high tide, which brings Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers Credit: Zeynel Cebeci

and Dunlin closer to land. Look out for terns feeding offshore too before they head for west Africa. Alyn Waters Country Park,

Green for go

Watch out for jellyfish

Warmer water brings jellyfish onto our coastlines in August, which can be found in the shallows or washed up on beaches. Barrel Jellyfish grow up to a metre across and are common in the Irish Sea, but most such as Moon Jellyfish and Compass Jellyfish are around 20cm in diameter. They are beautiful creatures, but some can sting so don’t touch even if you think they’re dead. And let’s bust the fun myth that the Welsh word for jellyfish is Pysgod Wibliwobli – it is Sglefren fôr.

Following the short Arctic summer, wading birds are flooding through North Wales in August, their parental duties over and the juveniles not far behind. Waders depend on our muddy estuaries and coastal pools to probe for food as they rest after the first leg of their journey, continuing south after a day or two. Some occur in hundreds, but others such as Greenshanks are scarcer. Look out for their long greenish legs and bill, clean white back and tail in flight, and trisyllabic ‘tiu-tiu-tiuoo’ call.

Wrexham As well as all the amenities on the Gwersyllt side of the park, the quieter Llay side includes a Local Nature Reserve in which you can find scarce orchids such as Common Twayblade that flower in late summer, and the largest population of Dune Helleborines in the world!

Julian Hughes grew up in North Wales, which instilled a lifelong love of nature. He lives near Llandudno, manages the RSPB’s public affairs work in Wales, and writes about the region’s wildlife.

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Sea life

Octopodes – the eight-armed Einsteins of the sea! Everyone recognises an octopus, but these geniuses of the

shells and crab carapaces piled up next to the entrance.

marine word are rarely encountered. Another amazing octopus talent is ejecting ink when The world octopus comes from the Greek, “októpus” meaning

threatened. The ink sac feeds into their rectum and is rather

“eight foot.” Contrary to common belief, the standard English

appropriately controlled by a sphincter, so ink is ejected through

plural of octopus is octopuses, although technically the correct

the anus and the siphon to create a cloud in the water. The ink

Greek plural form is octopodes. So definitely no octopi or

contains a compound called tyrosinase, which causes a blinding

octopussies please!

irritation to predators as well as garbling their sense of smell and taste. In fact this defensive anal concoction is so potent that

Octopuses are molluscs so surprisingly their slimy next of kin

octopuses who do not escape their own ink cloud can die!

includes clams, snails and slugs! They are in the scientific class Cephalopoda along with squid, cuttlefish and nautilus, all

But octopuses are most famed as wizards of camouflage and

of which still have some form of inner or outer shell, while the

escapology, with an awe-inspiring ability to change colour,

octopus has none.

shape and texture which makes chameleons humdrum by comparison, and feats of escapology that put Houdini to shame!

The word Cephalopoda means “head foot” in Greek because

Masters of disguise, they alter their colour to blend in with their

their head connects directly to their

surroundings in less than a second due

many arms. All Cephalopods have two

to tens of thousands of pigmented cells

eyes, a mantle, a funnel (also called

in their skin called chromatophores.

a siphon), and at least eight arms

Projections on the skin called papillae

with suckers, and these highbrow

add to the disguise by changing

virtuosos are by far the most

its texture to blend instantly with

advanced of all invertebrates. Indeed,

substances like rocks or sand.

octopuses are proven to be capable of planning, reasoning and even

The ability to squeeze through tiny

accurately predicting sports results!

cracks is due to them having no bones, so if their beak fits through, everything

Octopus facts make reality stranger than fiction. They have

else can too! However, the downside for these intellectual

three hearts, one that circulates blood round the body and two

geniuses is that they are fast growing and short lived, with a

that pump through each of the gills. Freakishly, they have blue

typical lifespan of just one to two years.

blood as they use an oxygen-carrying molecule in their blood called hemocyanin which contains copper. But most impressively

After reproduction, rather tragically, it’s game over for

they have nine brains – a central one which controls their

octopuses. Mating involves multiple males handing their

nervous system and a small brain in each of their eight arms!

sperm to the female in a package then wandering off to die. Females can lay up to 400,000 eggs, which they obsessively

Our own native species the curled octopus, also known as the

guard and tend to before they themselves succumb to a slow,

lesser octopus, is found everywhere around the British Isles.

inevitable death.

Here at the Anglesey Sea Zoo we keep the tank chilled to ensure our mini polymaths stay cool when the sea water we pump in

So it’s life in the fast lane for these ingenious prodigies of the

directly from the Menai Strait increases in temperature during

marine world! n

Spring and Summer. We feed them live crabs and give plenty of theming, hiding places and obstacles for constant stimulation. When moving at speed, octopuses use jet propulsion, squirting water from their funnel. Their agile tentacles armed with suckers are used to capture prey and they have a strong beak to tackle hard shelled food like crabs and clams. In the wild the tell-tale sign of an octopus lair is the mound of abandoned

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All Things

Auctioneering Firm advice sometimes, I think, is appropriate and urgently necessary to protect people who are potentially unaware and vulnerable.

Alarm bells start ringing with me when I see full-page newspaper adverts saying ‘Jewellery One Day Antiques Roadshow - Sell For Instant Cash!’ These travelling dealers may well be reputable but not all are, as in all types of businesses, so great caution is advised. Most jewellery and silver dealers will value items on their weight and the scrap or bullion value of the metal on the day of purchase. They will weigh you item on digital scales and pay you by the ‘gram-weight’ or an amount per troy ounce in silver. and weighed five grams – its scrap value was about £140. It Now, my point is this; you don’t sell mahogany chairs by weight!

was advertised internationally and attracted many bidders and

They are valued by quality, design and attractiveness – and this

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it’s weight value! Again a successful result for the seller.

of an item is assessed by its quality, maker, condition, rarity and age and general desirability in today’s fashion-driven collectors

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An ordinary silver teapot of 1930 is worth about say £150 – but

same side, to get as many people as possible bidding on your

a similar sized example of 1750 by a good maker is worth

valued family treasures to get the highest price possible - not

many times more; some early items are extremely rare and

just an unacceptable scrap value.

may be worth a hundred times more than scrap value, a huge difference. Would you know these special pieces? Would

And, if you have a few minutes to spare during the summer it is

travelling buyers tell you? Probably not.

always worth checking your bookshelves and cabinets for long forgotten childhood volumes in good condition.

In our auction this week we successfully sold a very small high

The first edition of ‘The Adventures of Mickey Mouse’ was

quality gold cameo brooch. There were no hallmarks or makers

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For the love of all things


Confessions of a modern day magpie Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. Now you all know that Tatty is the “go-to” girl for vintage, right? My instinctive nature for wheedling out that “special” item of clothing could almost be classed as a sixth sense or a super power at the very least. Tat-girl? Hmm… OK, maybe not. So, when I sourced the most incredible 1920’s Japanese kimono, I knew that it would be destined for a greater life and that it wouldn’t be languishing around TDHQ for very long. Floor sweeping darkest midnight blue silk, exquisitely hand embroidered front and back with a kaleidoscope of silk thread flowers. In my mind I was thinking bohemian bride. To find such an item in pristine condition is a rarity, usually they are moth eaten or damaged. Silk, being a delicate, natural fabric does not fare well and can perish overtime if not cared for and stored correctly. No sooner had the kimono gone live on the website that the phone began to ring. “Are you a fan of the Novelist Daphne du Maurier?” the voice on the phone enquired. “That’s a clue,” she said. The call was from a production buyer involved with the long anticipated remake of the Gothic novel ‘Rebecca’, which is currently being filmed for Netflix. “The kimono is needed on set for tomorrow, is that do-able?” With a strong, star-studded female cast including Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James and Keeley Hawes, I wonder which lucky lady will be wearing it? We will have to wait and see! Even better news…Tatty decided to hire the kimono out as a prop. A brilliant business decision, resulting in the kimono being returned to TDHQ at the end of filming. With the added provenance of the robe being cast in celluloid, hopefully making it even more desirable to the next owner. Prop hire is a recent development at TDHQ, a decision made in response to the market demand. So, if you are staging a venue for photography or film or need help looking for that “special” vintage wedding dress, please do not hesitate to contact us. n Sourced by Tatty With Love x

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Last laugh There are a couple of weeks towards the end of August when life appears to slow down. The kids have got into the groove of the summer holidays and have realised that they can do anything they like, as long as they do it safely or – more importantly – quietly. You can literally leave them to their devices. Your boss and colleagues are on holiday so you can relax on the work front too and make a cup of tea without fear of having to ask anyone else how many sugars they’d like. At moments like this it’s to make a cup of tea, grab a glass of

any more. The mellifluous ‘at the first stroke it will be four

wine and just sit in the garden, right? Wrong. Nobody tells

fifty nine, precisely’ has been replaced with a more aggressive

you when you’re young that there will come a point in life

‘is your cooker on the blink? Have you lost your mobile? It’s

when everything becomes a chore. Even making a cup of tea.

about 5ish. That’s all your getting from me.’

Getting to sleep. I’ve given up on that. I haven’t got time to count sheep.

I found myself thinking about this the other day. The kids were quiet. The washing machine was on. I was just about

I once abandoned making a gin and tonic half way through

to put the kettle on when I had a flash of inspiration: why

because I while I could just about muster the necessary

spend the next two minutes making a cup of tea only to then

stamina to slice a lemon, when I opened the freezer to

find myself busy with something else and forget to drink it.

discover the ice box was empty, I started crying.

I decided to abandon the tea-making and skip straight to sitting in the garden. I calculated I could have eight minutes in

Don’t worry, I’m not having a breakdown. At least that’s what

my deckchair.

it says on my mug in the office. I’m just all jobbed-out. We need a new world order, where time is a tradeable commodity,

I knew I had to work fast if I was hit my relaxation deadline so

and we can buy brief moments for snoozes, pub lunches,

went straight into the garden and sat down in front of the rose

crosswords and re-runs of Father Ted on the open market.

bed. I exhaled and then decided to take a tip from my son’s Year 3 mindfulness class and look at every petal on one of the

Even the speaking clock has grown world-weary. Back in

flowers as a way to suspend time.

the 1980s, the speaking clock as at the peak of its powers, with a confident tone of voice that bordered on arrogance as

I could feel myself relaxing but then I realised that the rose

you hung on its every word so you could set your Casio digital

was past its best. The more I looked the more I could just see

watch. But it wasn’t arrogance. It was hubris.

flowers that needed dead-heading. Jobs, everywhere. I got up and headed back inside, thinking I might as well put the

Younger readers (if they exist) won’t understand the concept

kettle on. By then it will be time for the next job. The garden

of the speaking clock. But there was a time when you had to

will have to wait. n

ring a number from the home telephone to find out the time. Now of course, the time is just on the phone.

Dave Rothnie is resident Technology and the sheer pace of life has made the speaking

compere of Stand-up at the

clock surplus to requirements. If you phone the speaking

Seaside, an acclaimed comedy

clock now you hear a strained, bitter voice of the other end of

night that takes place on the

the line, like an elderly relative who doesn’t receive visitors

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While everyone remembers Russell Grant from his Breakfast TV appearances in the 1980’s, most people don’t realise that Russell was the first astrologer in over 300 years to present a horoscope forecast to a member of the Royal Family (HRH Queen Mother). Now dubbed the “Royal Astrologer” Russell has appeared on numerous television shows, including Strictly Come Dancing. He divides his time between London and his North Wales home near Portmeirion.

August’s horoscopes brought to you by Russell Grant ARIES (March 21st – April 20th) August gets off to a romantic start on the 1st, when the New Moon puts you on the path to love. If you’re single, you will meet someone special at a religious, cultural or educational event. Keep your ears open for someone with an attractive accent. On the 15th, the Full Moon will put strain on your social circle.

LIBRA (September 24th – October 23rd) Joining a club, team or organisation is strongly advised at the beginning of August. That’s when the New Moon will put you in contact with some creative people. On the 15th, an anxious Full Moon will prompt you to take a second look at a romantic relationship. Someone you once adored could reveal themselves as selfish.

TAURUS (April 21st – May 21st) The New Moon on the 1st invites you to improve your domestic situation. If you’ve been looking for a place to live, this is the best time of the entire year to find one. Your career will require your attention on the 15th, due to an anxious Full Moon. It’s possible your boss will quit unexpectedly, causing more responsibilities to be heaped onto your plate.

SCORPIO (October 24th – November 22nd) The New Moon on the 1st brings a lucrative career opportunity. Getting paid handsomely for a job you love is very possible. If you’re happy with your current position, you could be given a promotion. Another New Moon on the 30th marks a festive party. Be sure to attend this gathering, even if you’re tired. Your spirits will turn to joy as soon as you walk through door.

GEMINI (May 22nd – June 21st) The opening days of August promise to be very busy, thanks to an active New Moon on the 1st. Take this opportunity to run errands, catch up on correspondence and reconnect with friends. The Full Moon on the 15th will bring a disappointing legal decision. Although you’ll be angered by this verdict, it’s important to pick yourself up and dust yourself off.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd – December 21st) The New Moon on the 1st urges you to venture off the beaten path. Being adventurous, enterprising, travelling overseas or enrolling in university are among the possibilities. A second New Moon will rise on the 30th, attracting an important career opportunity. Working with luxury goods will be highly profitable for you.

CANCER (June 22nd – July 23rd) A well paid position could come your way during the opening days of August, thanks to the enriching New Moon on the 1st. Any work involving luxury goods, entertainment or gambling will significantly raise your income. On the 30th a second New Moon will inspire you to pursue a childhood dream. Stop telling yourself it’s too late to achieve a lofty goal.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd – January 20th) A passionate romance will make the opening days of August a time to remember. If you’re single, you will meet someone special at a sporting or entertainment venue. On the 15th, the Full Moon will force you to make an ethical decision. It may be necessary to leave a job where you are being pressured to do underhanded or even criminal things.

LEO (July 24th – August 23rd) On the 1st, the New Moon will prompt you to change your image in a dramatic way. Take this opportunity to update your hairstyle, overhaul your wardrobe and go for a whole new look. A second New Moon on the 30th attracts a fantastic moneymaking opportunity. Being able to work overseas will be a welcome change of pace.

AQUARIUS (January 21st – February 19th) The opening days of August are ideal for getting engaged or married, thanks to the loving New Moon on the 1st. If you’re already in a serious relationship, take this opportunity to lavish your partner with affection. On the 15th, the Full Moon will shed light on some embarrassing shortcomings. If someone challenges your bad behaviour, don’t be defensive.

VIRGO (August 24th – September 23rd) The opening days of August invite you to kick back and relax. That’s because a restful New Moon rises on the 1st. Take this opportunity to go on vacation or retreat to a tranquil place where you can hear yourself think. By the time the second New Moon rises on the 30th, you’ll be in top form. Your enhanced good looks and natural charm will attract exciting opportunities.

PISCES (February 20th – March 20th) A fabulous job offer will arrive on or around the 1st, thanks to a supportive New Moon. Working in a creative field will bring out the best in you. There’s a good chance this position will involve world travel, which perfectly suits you. On the 30th, another New Moon will mark a turning point in a close relationship. Getting engaged or married is a distinct

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